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Listening and Note-Taking

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Transcript of Listening and Note-Taking

Listening for the Write Stuff:
Icebreaker
1. I think a good listener is someone who…
2. I am most likely to be distracted in class by…
3. A strategy I use when I take notes is...
4. In a classroom, I usually like to sit...
5. One reason I would want to improve my note-taking skills is...
6. My notes are kept in...
7. During a lecture or a class discussion, I tend to...
8. When listening to a lecture, my eyes are...
9. After class, I usually...
10. My handwriting is...
11. When I study, my notes are…
12. The note-taking method that works best for me is...
13. During class, my class materials are...

Fun Facts About Memory
The majority of new information is forgotten within 24 hours

Most people forget more of what they hear than of what they read

Stress and lack of sleep have a negative impact on our ability to remember information




Sousa, D. A. How the brain learns (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin
Hearing vs. Listening
The ability to perceive sound
One of the five senses
An automatic and unconscious response
How Can You Improve Your Listening?
Watch the following video without taking notes
Quiz Time
On a scratch sheet of paper, answer the following questions:
Focus on the speaker and eliminate distractions
Think of examples that illustrate what the speaker is saying
Think about how the information relates to something you already know
Ask questions if you don’t understand or if you need clarification

Listening Strategies
Note-Taking Strategies
Form Groups
Next birthday = Scribe. Write down your group’s strategies

Most distant birthday = Spokesperson. Be prepared to share your group’s strategies with the rest of the class.

Strategies for Effective Listening and Note Taking
Part 1: Make a list of strategies students should use BEFORE class to help them take notes effectively

Part 2: Make a list of strategies students should use DURING class to help them take notes effectively

Part 3: Make a list of strategies students should use AFTER class to improve their notes

Strategies to Use Before Class
Complete assigned readings
Go over previous class material
Eat and sleep
Pick a good seat
Be prepared for class

Strategies to Use During Class
Be attentive
Have all your materials on your desk
Participate in class discussions
Relate material to other learning experiences/personal life

Strategies to Use After Class
As soon as possible after class, review and edit your notes
Make sure you understand the materials and assignments
Make visual aids
Set up an appointment with your professor or the WaLC
Have a “study buddy” or join a study group
Review your notes 15-20 minutes each week

Strategies for Effective Listening and Note Taking
Top 5 Steps for Successful Note Taking
1. Go to class prepared.
2. Improve your listening skills.
3. Develop a note taking method that works for you.
4. Pay close attention to content.
5. Review and edit your notes.

Five Note Taking Methods
Cornell
Sentence
Outlining
Charting
Mapping

Cornell Note Taking
What is it?
- Divide paper; write notes on the right side of page. After class, write questions, key words, or cues in the left margin.
Advantages:
- Provides a built-in study tool for later review
- Organized and systematic
When to use it:
- Lecture situations
- Easy to use for most classes
Visit http://www.printablepaper.net/ for printable Cornell note paper

Outlining Method
The Civil War
--1861-1865
--North vs. South
--Brother vs. brother;
cousin vs. cousin
What is it?
- Place main idea to the left, then indent related details
Advantages:
- Shows relationships between topics, reduces need for editing, makes generating questions easy
When to use it:
- Lecture situations

Mapping Method
What is it?
- Visual method where everything evolves off one main idea.
Advantages:
- Relationships can be seen, easy to edit
When is it used?
- Lecture situations. Best for classes with heavy, well-organized content.

Charting Method
What is it?
- Set up paper with columns and topics that will be covered. During lecture, write information in the appropriate columns.
Advantages:
- Reduces writing and allows for easy review
When is it used?
- When facts and relationships are needed
- Content is heavy and presented quickly

Sentence Method
What is it?
- Write every new thought, fact, or topic on a separate line, numbering as you go.
Advantages:
- More organized than not separating points, gets all information
When do you use it?
- Lecture that is somewhat organized
- You can tell when to start a new bullet

Text:
“A revolution is any occurrence that affects other aspects of life, such as economic life, social life, and so forth. Therefore revolutions cause change. See pages 29 to 30 for more information.”

Your Notes:
Revolution - occurrence that affects other aspects of life: e.g., econ., socl., etc. C.f. text, pp. 29-30”

1. How does Julien Treasure define listening?
- Making meaning of sounds
2. What is pattern recognition differencing?
- Listening to differences and discounting sounds that remain the same
3. What does conscious listening create?
- Understanding
Watch the following video and take notes using one of the methods we just learned.
Quiz Time!
Answer the following questions using your notes.
1. What kind of vision does the owl have?
2. What type of talons do owls have?
3. How many pounds per square inch does the owl's talons exert?
4. What are asymmetrical ear holes?
- Binocular vision
- Zygodactyl
- 500 pounds per square inch
- One ear hole is higher than the other
Thank you and remember to fill out an evaluation!
Quick Whispers!
Hearing:
Listening:
Hearing for the purpose of understanding
Conscious and deliberate

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