Educational Research suggests the following:
- 11% of lecture material is recorded by the average
- Less than 40% of lecture material is recorded by the average college
- 62% of lecture material is recorded by the average 'A' student.
The review of notes is more important than the process of recording
Hartley & Davis (1978) find that students arrive at college ill-prepared for the
demands of a lecture
Catts (1987) finds that average students and above-average students benefit
from extensive and well-organized
Berliner (1971), Peper & Mayer (1973), and DaVesta & Gray (1973) question
whether low-ability students should take notes at all.
Research indicates that low-ability students who do NOT take notes in class
score better on "near transfer questions" (those involving retention of information given in lecture). If the lecture rate is fast and/or the material is
unfamiliar, notetaking is less likely to be effective because the learner is
NOT able to engage in the "generative encoding
Notetaking services are designed to be a supplemental tool to increase a
student's understanding and gives an excellent means with which to
compare their notes. The service provides notes that an average or above-average
student may have missed. For poor
notetakers, the service provides notes that contain important points of the lecture that the student may have missed by
write down everything said in a class.
Nittany Notes suggests the following:
93% of students say Nittany Notes are more organized and,
therefore, more effective for
82% of students attend class and use Nittany Notes as a supplement.
54% of students using Nittany Notes and attending class say knowing they will
have typed, organized notes available to them allows them to listen more
The average notetaker's GPA is
3.6+. The average Nittany Notes user's GPA is 3.3+.
The "you" List:
You will benefit from Nittany Notes if:
You take unorganized notes.
You miss details in lecture while taking your own notes.
You are sometimes late for class.
You want to maintain an 'A' average.
You want to compare notes with a top student's.
You want to boost your own GPA.
You cannot read your own messy notes.
You missed class.
You want a study guide.
You have trouble hearing or understanding your lecturer.
You study well from typed, organized notes.
You want to...
Be on Your
Way to an A!