One of the first steps to academic excellence is making good notes and reviewing them regularly to maximize your learning. You cannot rely solely on teacher-provided PowerPoint slides or lecture outlines. Making effective notes is about making meaning of the material in a way that is personal and individualized. It is part of the learning process! You must take the time to learn key components of strong academic notes and establish your own effective note making style. Listed below are a few resources to help you get started.