By Paul Culp, MA (Oxon.), CFT, GCDF, CCSP
Haven’t read our Fifth Commandment? That’s too bad. This one is like unto it and giveth life.
The Sixth Commandment for College Success:
Thou shalt take notes faithfully and transcribe them regularly.
One of the most constructive habits I learned in college was inspired by the example of a U.S. history professor, Dr. Z, who told me that when he was an undergraduate he would spend part of each evening typing up the notes he had taken in longhand during that day’s classes.
This is no small encouragement to academic achievement. Transcribing your notes in this fashion gives you a daily review that reinforces learning on an ongoing basis and can be a vital component in a gradualist study approach that eliminates cramming by promoting cumulative learning. In the long run, it’s a huge time-saver.
It also enables you to build a library of do-it-yourself textbooks that can serve as a resource for subsequent courses or in later life. I printed off my notes after transcribing them and kept them in a loose-leaf binder, and for ten years as a teacher of ancient and medieval history I regularly taught from notes I had taken in a political theory course in graduate school.
If you take class notes in digital form, complete transcription obviously isn’t necessary, but it’s a good idea to go over them at night, make sure they’re coherent, and correct the typos. You might even want to combine these recommendations with obedience to the next commandment.
That’s your sixth commandment for college success. We hope you have read or will read the first five and that you’ll return for the last four.
Getting into the college of your choice and finding the wherewithal to pay for it is wonderful. That’s what The Coaching Educator is here to help you do. But that’s not the only reason we’re here. We also try to be expert in all things related to college success, and to pass that knowledge on to our student/clients and our readers. The quest for college success begins with the college search process and continues until you take your diploma and shake hands with the president.
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Paul Culp is certified as a global career development facilitator and writes about college admissions, college costs, financial aid, and college life in general for The Coaching Educator team. A former journalist and corporate ghostwriter who now operates Shenandoah Proofreading, Editing & Composition Services (SPECS), he has also been a humanities teacher at all levels from university down to sixth grade. Paul has degrees from Oxford University, Jacksonville State University, and Samford University, and also is certified as a fitness trainer.
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Recommended Reading About College Success
Culp, Paul. “Beyond Tuition, Fees, and Books: The Other Costs of College,” The Coaching Educator, 7 June 2018, http://tce.local/2018/06/07/beyond-tuition-fees-and-books-the-other-costs-of-college/
Culp, Paul.”Getting to Grips With Test Anxiety,” The Coaching Educator, 28 November 2018, http://tce.local/2018/11/28/getting-to-grips-with-test-anxiety/
Culp, Paul. “More Than Half of American College Students Leave Without a Degree. Here’s Why,” The Coaching Educator, 8 September 2018, http://tce.local/2018/09/08/more-than-half-of-american-college-students-leave-without-a-degree-heres-why/
Culp, Paul “The Myth and Madness of Multitasking,” The Coaching Educator, 18 November 2018, http://tce.local/2018/11/18/the-myth-and-madness-of-multitasking/
Culp, Paul. “The Prez, the Prov, the Profs, the Veep, and the Redge: Who’s Who on Campus,” The Coaching Educator, 17 December 2018, http://tce.local/2018/12/17/the-prez-the-prov-the-profs-the-veeps-and-the-redge-whos-who-on-campus/
Culp, Paul. “Remedial Nation: The Ghastly State of College Preparedness,” The Coaching Educator, 19 January 2019, http://tce.local/2019/01/19/remedial-nation-the-ghastly-state-of-college-preparedness/
Culp, Paul. “These Go to Eleven: Our All-Star Lineup of College Illnesses,” The Coaching Educator, 19 October 2019, http://tce.local/2018/10/09/these-go-to-eleven-our-all-star-lineup-of-college-illnesses/
Culp, Paul. “What the Cap and Gown Mean and Why They Matter,” The Coaching Educator, 21 December 2018, http://tce.local/2018/12/21/what-the-cap-and-gown-mean-and-why-they-matter/