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Note Taking Skills

ELA basics

Amy Edmonds-Frost M.S.

on 19 May 2016

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Transcript of Note Taking Skills

Taking notes is important because it:
Promotes active listening
Provides an accurate record of information
Helps you organize the information
Provides additional repetition
Things to include in your notes:
Facts expanding/explaining headings
Anything written on the board
Things that are repeated
Given examples/samples
Drawings, charts, or problems
Note Taking Skills
Taking Notes:
Pre note-
taking skills:
Come to class prepared!
Post Note-
Final step-
Study to store & mantain the info in long-term memory
Periodically reviewing notes will reduce the time you need to study before exams
How to review
Explain why
Suggest how
Assess your learning
Fill gaps
Make concept maps
Talk about it with others
Recite in the form of self-test
Cornell Method
Chart Method
Focus on important, new, relevant, & useful
Set up your note page
Save 1/3 of the left hand side of the page for later use
Space at the bottom of the page to summarize
Be efficient!
Use symbols to highlight:
Skip lines between ideas
Don't get hung up on spelling
Do you understand the importance of note-taking?
Do you know what to include?
Do you know some techniques?
Do you know the importance of editing & reviewing your notes?
Know your notes: Name, class, date, title
During lecture
Select important information
Use capitals, printing, underlining, arrows or even pictures to cue your own memory
Don't get hung up on spelling. You can check it later.
Use abbreviations
Note taking space
After lecture
Edit your notes
Make additions, deletions, or clarifications
Work with a partner if it is possible
Use highlighter or underlining to emphasize main ideas
Questions, symbols, pictures & memory keys
Reflect: Summarize the notes. Try relating the subject to your pesonal experience.
Recall column
Summary area
A: The moment we first hear new information
B: One day later without reinforcement
C: Two days later without reinforcement
The curve of forgetting
Set up your paper in advance
Make categories
Record info into appropriate category/columns
"Mind Mapping" Method
Uses comprehension/concentration skills
Relates a fact/idea to other fact/idea
Graphic representation
Maximizes participation
Emphasizes critical thinking
Going back:
Don't wait! Ask!
Get clarification as soon as you have ANY confussion!
Let's bring this "full circle" and come back to where we started.
Copy in notes
The Informal
Outline & Sentence Method
Let's take a self assessment before we begin!
Just make a quick, little note to assess your note-taking skills here on your notebook.
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3. 8.
4. 9.
5. 10.
We'll come back to this later.
This means:
Reading the material ahead of time
Having the needed supplies
Having a plan on how you will take notes.
Write this down
There are many different
styles that are effective for different subjects and topics. These include:
Write this down

Bullet points and phrases.
- This is how we will be taking these "Prezi" notes.

Simple sentences that express important ideas.
Copy this
Write this down
Copy in notes
When to Use:
- Chronological lecture format
- Heavy content & presented fast
- Reduce time of editing & reviewing
- Understand the topic
Write in your notes
When to Use:
-Heavy content & well-organized
-Don't know how lecture will be presented
Write in notes
Yup, copy this!
During Note-taking:
- Pay attention!
Don't let other things or people distract you.
- Listen!
Listening includes directing your attention to the speaker and board
- Participate when appropriate!
Raising your hand and asking questions in the middle of a lecture is perfectly fine and encouraged!
- Get down important information!
Put it in your notes
Just some examples.
Use only what you know!
Copy in notes
Copy! Copy
Read over your notes to make sure you understand them.
Reaffirm key words, phrases, facts, main ideas, and/or concepts. highlight, underline or bold them.
DO NOT mark up everything.
Take out any information that is redundant or unnecessary.
Rephrase the notes into concepts/ideas that are easier to understand and remember.
This is WHY we take notes!!!
Let's go back to our self-assessment and see what we should have marked, now that we have all the right answers!
They should
Because you ask questions!
Now you've
got it!
This is your title,
copy it down!
Taking Notes
Write this down
Put in your notes
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