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Note Making Skills
Transcript of Note Making Skills
1 - Make the best use of time and effort to end up with notes you can actually use.
2 - Learn about different ways to make notes Note-taking Skills Group work task A very important reading skill for finding something to note is scanning.
DECIDING on keywords to look for which will tell you when you have come across something relevant in your source.
Letting your eyes quickly look over the page until you find a keyword. Learning to read for what you need! Sort your list under these three headings. Think carefully. Some might come under more than one heading.What differences are there when you are making notes from each of these different sources?
With a partner make a list of all the
situations where you may have to take notes. Mainly, we are going to
learn how to take notes
from what we read. HOWEVER! AND WATCH PLANNING Before we can make successful notes we have to do
What do we have to know, prepare or work out before
we begin? Exercise: you have been asked to research how
Discuss in a group how you would go about this.
Know WHAT is your purpose and WHO is your audience LET'S TRY SOME SCANNING EXERCISES! A lot of the note taking skills you learn will also help you take notes when you.... LISTEN Another useful
reading skill SKIMMING Skimming is reading quickly through a text to understand the main ideas.HOW TO SKIM:
Move your eyes quickly over the text. You don’t need to stop to get the detail. You can pick this up later if you need it.
Skimming lets you see whether the text is relevant to what you want to take notes on. DECIDE what you need to find out.CHOOSE a source or sources that are relevant, accurate and up-to-date. you will need:
clean blank paper
lots of concentration
a dollop of creativity Skimming & Scanning SCAN the page until you find a keyword or expression.
SKIM the section before it to find out where the relevant part begins.
Now skim from that point onwards, stopping to take notes of anything you need. Used together, skimming and scanning help you to take notes: Let's think about when we might need to take notes...? LET'S TRY IT OUT! WATCH LISTEN Plays Documentary Podcast Advanced Skimming! The way a text is structured can help you to make sense of it and find information more quickly such as:
bold print/ underlining/ use of colour
annotated diagrams Writing down the notes You have found something you want to record as a note.
The question is now: how do we do this – how do we write it down?
Only write down what is absolutely necessary Formed in Manchester in 1990, Take That sold more than 20 million records between 1991–96. Take That's dance-oriented pop tunes and soulful ballads dominated the UK charts in the first half of the 1990s, spawning two of the best selling albums of the decade with Everything Changes (which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize) and Greatest Hits 1996, and according to Allmusic, "at this time were giant superstars in Europe with the main question about them not being about whether they could get a hit single, but how many and which would take it to number one". The band split up in 1996, but after a 2005 documentary and the release of a new greatest hits album, they officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the United Kingdom, entitled The Ultimate Tour. Here is a paragraph on the career of the group ‘Take That’. Highlight the key words that could be used to take a brief note of the main points of their career between 1990 and 2006 Abbreviations
Making the words shorter We don’t have to write out the words in full every time as long as we take a note of the full word or expression the first time with the abbreviation after it e.g. Take That (TT)
After this we can write down TT and know what it means when we go back to our notes.
Look again at the text. What other abbreviations could you use? What about text language? Diagrams
(Draw a picture) Symbols
Drawings instead of words Use mathematical symbols e.g. +, -, =, x.
Arrows for directions and to connect relationships:
= therefore = because
# = number
Underlining, CAPITALS, different colours etc. are symbols of importance
If your notes are just for you, you can make up your own symbols! Write this note out in full Cheryl Cole
2002 famous for Girls Aloud (GA)
worth > £25m 5/09.
b. 30/06/83 - Tweedie
With GA - 20 UK top 10 singles (4 no.1s)
+ 2 UK no.1 albums
2008, judge on X Fctr
1st single ‘Fight for this Love’ – no.1, 4th bst selr of yr. = solo album
M. Chlsy and Eng. footy player Ashley Pairs Exercise
Now write a note about your own life using keywords, abbreviations, diagrams or symbols. Swap and try to write the note in full. Once you’ve done It is important to review your notes:
organise them sensibly
check that you have covered everything you needed to find out
Treasure or Trash?
discard anything that repeats information you already have
discard anything that is not relevant
ensure you have noted the source(s) Listen up! Now is you chance to put your skills into action while listening and watching
When we buy things we like to choose the best. Watch this clip from ‘The Gadget Show’ about a new version of a mobile phone.
Copy the task before you begin and think about what you will be taking notes on. Planning is just the tip of the iceberg.... Planning NOTE your sources for future reference and
a bibliography if required. Choose a STYLE to organise your notes.