Young learners can have difficulty tracking notes and taking them effectively during class lectures and in HW. Often times teachers assume the children know how to take notes. Here are some pointers:

  • Go over a note taking system with the child. For example, they might use an outlining format or they can use a Cornell System. Often teachers will have a way they’d prefer a child to take notes.
  • Preview the week’s lessons with the child. Ask the teacher to make the lesson topics available before the week begins. Then make sure the child has a big picture sense of what will happen. In this way, they can take more directed notes.
  • Teach the child to use acronyms/symbols to quicken notetaking: with = w/   about = abt   Any name can be abbreviated…etc.
  • Children often think they have to write mini essays when they take notes. Instead describe to them that the notes are only for their eyes and that the notes purpose is to recall ideas. The notes can look anyway they’d like as long as they are effective in helping recall.
  • Make sure the child can read their notes. Many times children stop using their notes for review or for writing papers because they have note developed an effective system yet or their handwriting is so messy they cannot read their own notes.
  • Sometimes students with special learning needs can use effective electronic organizers/apps to help. They can use diction software, they can use an iPad or laptop. Apps such as Evernote, Onenote, Google Keep, etc. are all excellent options for digital note-taking.



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