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Note Taking:

preparation, classroom notes, what to focus on, exact strategies, active studying

Stanbridge College

on 5 November 2015

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Transcript of Note Taking:

Note Taking:
Strategies for effective studying

Questions ?
Importance of effective note taking
Unless people take carefully written notes
and understand them,
within two weeks most will forget
of what they hear in class;
within four weeks, they will forget
Common Note-Taking Problems
Mark passages in the text;
write the instructor’s comments in the margin. Record page references in your notes.

The ability to take good notes can make the difference between success and failure.
“My mind wanders and I get bored.”
“The instructor talks too fast.”
“Some ideas don’t seem to fit anywhere.”
“The lecturer rambles.”
“Everything seems important.”
“Nothing seems important.”
“I can’t spell all the new technical terms.”
“The instructor uses terms without defining them.”
“The instructor reads directly from text.”

Sit in front of the room.
Preview assignments form questions for lecture.
Develop a shorthand system; use abbreviations.
Leave blanks and fill them in later.
For fast Lecturers: Record notes in the margin/parenthesis within your notes, and think about them later during editing.
Reorganizing your notes after the lecture.
Identified key concepts:
Preview related text assignments; Look for headings or bolded text, and headings in power points.
Write them phonetically; the way they sound. Then spell aloud, or write out the correct spelling.
Write the terms as they are used; leave space to record definitions later from text glossary or dictionary.
Active Studying
The purpose of note taking is to analyze, Re-organize, and remove all the filler from Lecture and your text books.
Yours notes should cover the IMPORTANT material from the given lecture topic.
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Go to
and create an account. flash cards
- create lists of tasks that they need to accomplish, and also take notes.
Also an APP
Iphone apps:
Calendar. SimpleMind+

, which both allow you to create flashcards, search other existing flashcards, and quiz themselves. (not your only study source)
Additional Resources
Builds Retention
Stick to main points
key words
or s
hort sentences
As a speaker gets sidetracked, it is often possible to go back and add further information.
own words (without altering the meaning).
Think about the material. Take notes that will be of value.
system for punctuation and abbreviation.
WhwenUse a skeleton outline
White space for later additions.
Keep notes short and to the point.
Condense materials so you can grasp the main points rapidly.
If you miss a point- Leave space.
Keep notes in
& in 1 place( 3-ringed binder).
lecture go back and edit (not copy) your notes!
adding extra points, spelling out unclear items, ect
Review your notes
three types of review are daily, weekly, and a major review just before a test = achieve lasting memory.
Hints on Note Making
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