The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of note taking method on academic performance and attendance in undergraduate animal science courses. During year 1 of the study, students were provided with an outline of material presented in lecture. In year 2, students were provided with a detailed set of notes. Final course grade and attendance data were collected on 814 students. Note taking method data were collected on a subsample of 160 students. Least squares means for final course grades and number of absences were calculated using the mixed procedure of SAS. There was no difference in mean final course grade or mean number of absences between years 1 and 2 for the general population of students. Within the sample group, there was no difference in mean number of absences between the two note taking methods, but a significant difference in mean final course grade existed. Students that were provided with only an outline of the material had a higher (P<0.05) mean final course grade (83.70) than students that were provided a detailed set of notes (80.45). Students provided with only an outline of course material performed at a higher level than students that were provided with a detailed set of notes.
Note taking method