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CSA Note taking

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Adam Bloom

on 16 November 2012

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Example 1: 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 page 29 to 30 in your text about this.)
Sample Notes: Revolution - occurrence that affects other aspects of life: e.g., econ., socl., etc. C.f. text, pp. 29-30 Period Important People Events Significance
1941-45 FDR WWII U.S. Involvement Note Taking Strategies What if your professor talks too fast? Come prepared- preview material that will be covered for the next class and become familiar with it. The Sentence Method Write every new thought, fact or topic on a separate line.
Numbering your notes as you progress. The Charting Method If the lecture format is distinct (such as chronological), you may set up your paper by drawing columns and labeling appropriate headings in a table.

Determine the categories to be covered in the lecture. Set up your paper in advance by columns headed by these categories.

As you listen to the lecture, record information (words, phrases, main ideas, etc.) into the appropriate category. The Mapping Method Mapping is a method that uses comprehension and concentration skills and evolves in a note taking form which relates each fact or idea to every other fact or idea.

Mapping is a graphic representation of the content of a lecture. It is a method that maximizes active participation, affords immediate knowledge as to its understanding, and emphasizes critical thinking.

Concept maps are crucial for visual learners The Outline Method Listen and then write in points in an organized pattern based on space indention.
Place major points farthest to the left. Indent each more specific point to the right.
Levels of importance will be indicated by distance away from the major point.
Indention can be as simple as or as complex as labeling the indentations with Roman numerals or decimals.
Markings are not necessary as space relationships will indicate the major/minor points. Rewriting Your Notes Notes need to be arranged in some logical system that you understand and use. (Retyping)
They should be legible and complete. Use the rewriting process to reformat them, reword them, and fill in gaps you may have.
Notes should be paraphrased, take time to put them into your own words so that you understand them.
Take your own notes on the assigned readings. Evaluate Think critically about your notes

Do my notes do a good job of representing what was covered in class?

Do they reflect the emphases of the instructor?

Are there any key points/terms that are not entirely clear?

Do I need help clarifying any of the points my instructor made?


Pay particular attention to the points raised by instructors at
the end of discussion and lecture classes. Prepare Consider your goals The POWER of Note Taking Prepare
Rethink Why is it important to take notes?

Notes become a study aid, and external memory device, and an instrument to aid in review and recitation. Note Taking Don’ts Don’t sit near friends or other distractions
Don’t wait for something “important”, record everything you can
Don’t give up on the lecturer too fast
Don’t over-indent, you will run out of space
Don’t doodle too much
Don’t consider any examples too obvious
Don’t use so many abbreviations to the point of not knowing what they mean Six Steps in the Cornell Note Taking System Record
Reduce (or question)
Recapitulate Rethink and review Review your notes shortly after class to activate your memory
Create concept maps Organize Pens, pencils, highlighters
Choose a notebook that is appropriate. Three-ring binders are typically the best
Bring your textbook
Consider taking a laptop to class – unless it distracts you Note Taking Do’s Attend all lectures
Sit up straight and pay attention
Sit in the front, and away from distractions
Take notes that are legible and easy to understand
Keep your note-organization simple
Date your notes
Capture ideas as well as facts
Capture words and phrases your professor says in lectures and then use them on your exam
Keep a separate binder for each course or use dividers Provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes without a lot of recopying.
After writing notes in the main space, use the left-hand space to label each idea and detail with a key word or cue. The Cornell Method Example of charting method The Sentence Method Identify the instructor’s, and your goals for the course
Complete assignments before coming to class
Homework, readings, etc. Accept the instructor, warts and all. You might not like the teaching style, but you’ve made a commitment to the class Copy information written on the board or projected from overheads or PowerPoint slides.
Use different note taking techniques for class discussions. Ask questions Example 2: Melville did not try to represent life as it really was. The language of Ahab, Starbuck, and Ishmael, for instance, was not that of real life.
Sample Notes: Mel didn't repr. life as was; e.g., lang. of Ahab, etc. not of real life. Exchange notes with classmates- maybe they caught something you missed Leave spaces blank so that you can go back and fill them in later (perhaps from your reading) See the instructor outside of class (before, after, during office hours) Ask if you can use a digital recorder Ask questions! Follow these tips and you
will achieve note taking success. Process, don’t copy information
Listen for the key ideas
Use short, abbreviated phrases— not full sentences when taking notes
Use abbreviations and make sure you know what they mean! 1. Note taking
• Before class
– Read set text
– Sleep well
– Look over previous class notes • During class
– Focus
– Note key ideas
– Leave blanks if you don’t understand
– Ask questions

• After class
– Organize your notes
– Review often The process of Note-taking Write down key words and phrases Lecture notes provide the clearest and best indication of what the student should encounter on the exam. Taking notes helps keep the student’s attention focused on the lecture which increases concentration, retention, and understanding. Makes the student an active participant in the learning process rather than a passive listener or daydreamer. Click play button in lower left corner to music throughout prezi Example of Concept Mapping
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