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Taking Note of Note-Taking

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Taking Note
of Note-Taking

Why Should I Take Notes?
Taking notes helps you learn because you're actively doing something with the information instead of passively reading, listening, or watching.
Plus, our brains aren't perfect; they forget things all the time. It's difficult to remember every detail from every day of class -- but it's easy to review your notes!
Taking effective notes also helps you hone and maintain important skills such as organization and memory recall.
Don't just take notes when you're sitting in class. They can also be helpful when you're

reading your textbook,
going on a field trip,
listening to a guest speaker,
researching for a project,

or any other time you're learning new information.
What Should I Take Notes On?
There's a lot of information being thrown at you in class, but some ideas are more important than others.
If a teacher emphasizes an idea, that probably means it's important! Draw attention to these ideas in your notes so that when you review them later, you'll know what to focus on.
How Should I Write My Notes?
What Should My Notes Look Like?
Leaving lots of blank space makes

it easier to read your notes later.
Which one looks easier to read?
It's also helpful because it gives you room to add new notes as you review.
Don't try to cram a lot of text onto your page.
There are lots of other things you can do to make your notes easier to read.
Try drawing boxes around important information...
...or highlighting the titles of new chapters or sections.
Whenever possible, use shorthand to save time and space.
Using shorthand just means that instead of writing out every letter of every word, you use abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, and other shortcuts
Many of us already do this when we chat or text!
Here are some examples of ways your teacher might emphasize an idea:

Underlining a word on the board
Verbally repeating a concept

What are some other clues you've noticed from your teachers?
Now you're ready to take some great notes!
We'll talk more later about how to do this!
What are some examples of shorthand that you already use?
What are some of the things you already do to make your notes look more organized?
Cornell Notes are another useful method for keeping your information organized.
The top section is for orienting information such as the course name, the date, and/or the chapter title.
Most of your notes will go on the right side.
The left side is for questions, key terms, reminders, or anything else you'd like to add.

This is also a space where you can write in more information when you review your notes later.
After class, use the bottom section to summarize or respond to what you just learned.
Ch 3: Matter
Science 1A
09/24/12
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