Educational Research suggests the following:


  1. 11% of lecture material is recorded by the average Freshman.
  2. Less than 40% of lecture material is recorded by the average college student.
  3. 62% of lecture material is recorded by the average 'A' student.


  1. The review of notes is more important than the process of recording them.

  2. Hartley & Davis (1978) find that students arrive at college ill-prepared for the demands of a lecture situation.

  3. Catts (1987) finds that average students and above-average students benefit from extensive and well-organized notes.

  4. Berliner (1971), Peper & Mayer (1973), and DaVesta & Gray (1973) question whether low-ability students should take notes at all.

  5. Research indicates that low-ability students who do NOT take notes in class score better on "near transfer questions" (those involving retention of information given in lecture). If the lecture rate is fast and/or the material is unfamiliar, notetaking is less likely to be effective because the learner is NOT able to engage in the "generative encoding process."

  6. Notetaking services are designed to be a supplemental tool to increase a student's understanding and gives an excellent means with which to compare their notes. The service provides notes that an average or above-average student may have missed. For poor notetakers, the service provides notes that contain important points of the lecture that the student may have missed by trying to write down everything said in a class.

Nittany Notes suggests the following:

  1. 93% of students say Nittany Notes are more organized and,   therefore, more effective for studying.

  2. 82% of students attend class and use Nittany Notes as a supplement.

  3. 54% of students using Nittany Notes and attending class say knowing they will have typed, organized notes available to them allows them to listen more attentively during lecture.

  4. The average notetaker's GPA is 3.6+. The average Nittany Notes user's GPA is 3.3+.

The "you" List:

You will benefit from Nittany Notes if:

  1. You take unorganized notes.

  2. You miss details in lecture while taking your own notes.

  3. You are sometimes late for class.

  4. You want to maintain an 'A' average.

  5. You want to compare notes with a top student's.

  6. You want to boost your own GPA.

  7. You cannot read your own messy notes.

  8. You missed class.

  9. You want a study guide.

  10. You have trouble hearing or understanding your lecturer.

  11. You study well from typed, organized notes.

  12. You want to...

Be on Your Way to an A!