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Note Taking Strategies

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Corey Cornett

on 1 October 2012

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Note Taking Strategies Do assigned reading to have an idea about what you will be taking notes over Preparing for notes The Cornell note-taking system is a note taking system devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University Cornell Note Taking Start with main points Outline Use a note taking program if you are using a computer Computer Note-Taking A common problem with note taking is that people don't know all of the various techniques and strategies. The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. The student divides the paper into two columns: the note-taking column (usually on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two inches, at the bottom of the page. When reviewing the material, the student can cover the note-taking (right) column while attempting to answer the questions/keywords in the key word or cue (left) column. The student is encouraged to reflect on the material and review the notes regularly. Mapping Its a visual system of condensing material to show relationships and importance. Its basically a diagram of the major points, with their sub-points, and a support topic. There isn't a certain pattern. There are a variety of shapes to create the mapping for the notes. Indent for supporting details Further indent for major sub-points For example: Ever-note and One-note These programs will help you stay organized and hep you memorize your notes Learn to type faster so that you can keep up Learn keyboard shortcuts Pen and Paper note-taking Have a notebook or binder for each class Write legible enough for you to read Write down main points Arrive early for class to get a good seat Review previous notes before your class Ask your professor with any questions you may have Note taking tips Only write down main points Definitions should start from the margin and be underlined Skip a line or two when the professor changes topic/idea Make a master outline of all of your notes to use to review and study for exams What to write down Write down when: Professor says "You need to know this"
Anytime the professor repeats themselves
Anything that is written on the board
If your professor puts emphasis on a topic
Write down any examples given during the class
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