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13 - Taking Notes
Transcript of 13 - Taking Notes
1. How being active during study helps recall
2. When and how to mark a textbook
4. The "Cornell Method" of note taking
3. When and how to summarize
5. When and how to take notes in outline format
6. When and how to take notes in map format
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Objective #1 - Being active enhances study
These note-taking activities can help recall:
Making study cards
The more you do, the more you'll learn
Good note taking is critical to college success
Objective #2 -
When and how to mark textbooks
Use it when reading text
Annotating = "marking system" for selecting ideas
When to annotate:
When reading AFTER a complete thought
Don't mark too much!
How to annotate:
Objective #4 -
Use the "Cornell Method"
Take lecture notes ...
when speaker makes key points
Take textbook notes ...
when reading and annotating after reading
The Cornell Method ...
Possible symbols you can use:
Minor supporting details
Possible test question
Major supporting details
Write questions in margin
Write notes in margin
1. Draw vertical line down paper
3. Later, add text pages, drawings, & questions (
2. Write lecture notes in large section (
Self-quiz by going back-and-forth between the 3 sections
Objective #3 -
When and how to summarize
Objective #5 -
Outline your notes
Objective #6 -
Map your notes
After lecture write here:
Page #s from text
Questions you have
Please take out a clean piece of loose leaf paper and follow the directions that follow.
1. Draw a line here.
Cornell Method of note taking
5. Write summary (
4. Draw horizontal line across paper to make inverted "T"
2. Draw another line here.
When to summarize:
1. When you have a reading assignment
2. When asked to submit a summary of a reading assignment
How to summarize:
(" ") and cite author to avoid plagiarizing
of the summary determines how you summarize
& shorter the the selection
short way to state
Note taking using numbers, letters,
, words, and phrases to capture key issues of a selection
When to outline:
1. When reading textbook chapter material
2. When listening to a speaker
How to outline:
1. Adopt the standard form for outlining
2. Important items are closest to
3. Less significant items are farthest to
Standard Outline Format
using a graphic or visual display of what was read or heard
When to map
1. When reading
2. When listening
How to map - use a mix of any desired shapes
1. Draw square/circle in center
2. Write topic inside square/circle
3. Write main ideas supporting the topic on lines radiating from square/circle
4. Write major & minor details on lines attached to each main idea line
After lecture, write a summary of notes on page here
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The point of this exercise:
spelling doesn't matter
when you're taking notes...
use your own form of shorthand
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Key term or definition
Use a highlighter, but go
I. Major Detail #1
A. Minor Supporting Detail #1-1
B. Minor Supporting Detail #1-2
C. Minor Supporting Detail #1-3
II. Major Detail #2
A. Minor Supporting Detail #2-1
B. Minor Supporting Detail #2-2
C. Minor Supporting Detail #2-3
III. Major Detail #3
A. Minor Supporting Detail #3-1
B. Minor Supporting Detail #3-2
C. Minor Supporting Detail #3-3
1. Minor Supporting Detail #3-3-1
2. Minor Supporting Detail #3-3-2
a. Minor Supporting Detail #3-3-2-1
b. Minor Supporting Detail #3-3-2-2
Next Class ... Test
It is the
& most basic step in study reading
Select important ideas as you read
5. Usually a
paragraph in length.
provides concise notes for later study
organizes concepts and thoughts for essays
4. Leave out insignificant details or "fillers"
Assess your stressors
Change your responses
Learn to cope
recognize what stresses you
evaluate how it effects you
change the circumstances
requires practice & emotional control
what's gained from my response?
we cope differently
use "stress inoculation"
1. Quick reference for over viewing
2. Stimulates behavior from prior knowledge
3. Helps emphasize relationships between ideas
4. Helps recall
Before the test, practice note-taking ...
We've studied these methods of taking notes:
Select your preferred method from above for this practice and upcoming test.
1. Read the following article and practice taking notes on it.
It includes a theory portion and a
note taking exercise on an article.
List supporting details
Good reference notes for future
Organizes thoughts for essay writing
(Write in words, phrases;
How to map an article
Developed in 1950's ...
uses 3 sections: cue, notetaking, & summary
Write notes here
in outline or map format.
2. Then, check your answers on one of the next slides to see how you did. We'll do a
on the test!
( T )
Listen to the article being read as we map it