Suggest this note-taking strategy to your child:

  1. Don’t try to take notes word for word. Encourage your child to come up with her own method of shortening words, using symbols for key words and highlighting words the teacher seems to emphasize. For example, she could use the dollar sign instead of the word “money.”

  2. Edit your notes as soon as possible after class. This is where your child can expand on notes she had to take down quickly. If she can’t figure something out, encourage her to ask her teacher for help.

  3. Study your notes at least three times. This is where your child comes to a true understanding of what’s in her notes. It should get her ready for a test or the next class.

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