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Core Four: Note Taking
Transcript of Core Four: Note Taking
The palest ink is better than the sharpest memory. –Chinese Proverb
Using Your Senses
Your senses can help enhance your memory
Participate in Class
n to the main concepts and ideas.
Listen for new ideas.
Decide what’s important.
Keep an open mind.
Sort, organize, and categorize.
Do the reading
Pay attention to your syllabus
Make use of additional materials
Warm up for class
Get The Most From Lectures
Sit close to the front
Keep your eyes on the teacher
Focus on the lecture
Raise your hand if you don’t understand
Speak up in class
Never feel that you’re asking a stupid question
When the instructor asks a question, don’t bluff
Develop Your Note-taking Style
Successful students take good notes.
A successful note-taking strategy reflects:
- the complexity of the course content
- the lecturer’s style
- your own learning preferences
Use any strategy that will help the key ideas stand out for you.
Don’t take down every word in a lecture,just the ones that matter!
Other Note-Taking Tips
Write your notes in your own words.
Avoid writing things down that you don’t understand.
Ask questions when you don’t understand.
Think and record information in pictures.
Explain yourself if need be.
Periodically evaluate the quality of your notes.
Choose the Note-Taking Method that’s right for you
1) The Cornell System
3) Paragraph Format
The Cornell System
Divide your notepaper by drawing a vertical line 2 inches from the left margin.
On the right side, take your notes from class.
On the left side, write
- key words
On the bottom, write a summary
These will make your work easier to review later.
Test yourself by identifying the lecture material on the right , prompted by your comments on the left.
This is easy to do with a well-organized lecture, otherwise you may have to work a little harder.
Use headings and subheadings followed by course material.
Your results will be neat, easy to follow notes, providing a clear picture of the information.
Monitor the lecture for critical ideas.
Pause to create your own summary of what has been presented.
This method will force you to determine what is important and how information is related to the topics presented.
This is an especially effective method for dealing with a disorganized lecture.
Techniques to Keep You on Target
Identify the main ideas
Don’t try to write everything down
Don’t be thrown by disorganization
Keep your notes in separate binders
Download any visuals
Organize your notes chronologically
Label handouts and place in your binder
Capture Key Ideas and Listen Actively
Identify key words, themes, and main points
Recognize organizational patterns in the lecture
Relate details to the main point
Listen for clues
Take ownership of the information
Reviewing Your Notes
Write down the main ideas
Recite your ideas out loud
Review your notes from the previous class just before the next class session
Try teaching the material to someone else
Compare your notes with another student or within your study group
Listen for Clues
Note when a topic comes up more than once.
Transition words signal the change of topics or new key points:
- “in contrast to”
- “let’s move on”
- “this will be on
the next exam”
Lists usually give important material that is easy to test.
Instructors are most likely to test on ideas they consider exciting, so listen for special enthusiasm.
Steps to Good Notes
Take 10 minutes to review your notes
Do a warm-up for your homework
Do the assigned problems
Complete your work
Be Engaged During Class!
Work with others
Improve your critical thinking, listening, writing, and speaking skills
Manage your time
Gain sensitivity to cultural differences
Be All Ears!
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Read chapter 5 before attempting your quiz!