Poor note taking is part of a larger learning problem

We still rely on oral instruction in the classroom, so we take notes as a reminder of the key information we can refine and apply later. But that's easier said than done.

Noting how we say something is often just as important as what is said.

And if you can't keep up with class discussion, you soon feel overwhelmed (cue info-FOMO and its knock to your confidence).

Why you're leaving key information behind

Team Glean has worked with students of all abilities for over a decade.

We’ve landed on why most learners don’t get enough value from class.

The process of taking notes is overwhelming in class

  1. The process of taking notes is overwhelming in class

Taking notes is distracting and causes waste.

You can either try and capture information in note form or actively listen and engage in discussion.

It’s near impossible to do simultaneously, but they’re both vital to learn from class.

We call this the Notetaker’s Dilemma and it’s why there’s always lost learning potential.
The process of taking notes is overwhelming in class

  1. Note taking (not the notes) is important to learning

Note taking is not an outcome but a process.

The choice to encode and store information in the moment ultimately influences your understanding and retention of knowledge.

If we don’t invest in note taking skills before class, we’re not going to get the value we need afterwards.
The process of taking notes is overwhelming in class

  1. Spoken information is more valuable for some learners

The majority of classroom instruction is delivered orally, but then we study solely from textbooks and written notes.

Not all students learn best using literacy skills, but largely we don’t cater to their needs.

A more inclusive classroom gives you the option to learn from the medium that is more meaningful to you — that could even be the original speech you heard in class.
Taking addresses the bigger problem

Glean Note Taking addresses the bigger problem

Our note taking process helps students of all abilities to structure how they study from information.