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THE ART OF NOTE TAKING
Transcript of THE ART OF NOTE TAKING
TAKING NOTES IN CLASS
Why take notes?
HOW TO TAKE GREAT NOTES
Image by Tom Mooring
THE ART OF NOTE TAKING
HOW DO YOU TAKE NOTES?
What did you learn from the questionnaire?
CONSTRUCTIVE GROUP GUIDELINES
Allow space for different ideas
Please take 2 minutes to fill out the
Note taking Questionnaire
Assess current approach
How do you take notes?
What do you find the hardest about taking effective notes?
Professors share info not in the textbook
Helps you navigate the textbook
Info in class notes often appears on tests
Forces you to listen in class
Provides a written record of what is important in lecture/textbook
An effective note-taking system that extends
Read ahead--look through the assigned readings before class
Consider what you know about the topic and what you need to know
Examine the lecture content
Be ready to listen
Concentrate & Focus
Tune out distractions
ight after class
Identify keywords/cue column
Identify gaps or questions that need to be answered
Review and recite notes regularly
CORNELL NOTE SYSTEM
Use: during lecture & after to make notes
Right-hand side (wide) =
Left-hand side (narrow) =
For ideas/keywords or phrases that cue info on left
Divide your sheet of note paper into two columns
Example of the Cornell Note System
TIPS FOR TAKING NOTES IN CLASS
Write the topic of the lecture at the top of the page
Don't write everything you hear
Is this important or just digression?
Listen for verbal cues that something is important
When you don't understand something, leave a space and/or place a question mark in the margin so you can return to it later
Record whatever the instructor emphasizes
Writes on the chalkboard
Repeats or when tone/pace of voice changes
Adds examples to support ideas
Makes a direct announcement
Indicate material as important with a star, highlighter, or writing words in capital letters
Continue taking notes during discussions or question & answer periods
Incorporate symbols to decrease the amount of writing
TAKING NOTES FROM POWERPOINT
Use the Notes page option when printing or using a laptop
Take notes in the notes window that appears below the slide
Use a printout of the PowerPoint with notes to study
TAKING NOTES FASTER
Shorthand abbreviations help us take notes faster
Refer to the handout for examples
What would you now change in the way you take notes?
What system do you think is most effective for you?
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THANK YOU & GOOD LUCK!
Expand on your notes after class
Practice using strategies to identify main ideas and details throughout workshop
Discover note-taking strategies and examine how to utilize them effectively
Discover the BIRT system
Let people take turns
Give attention to speaker (turn off phone etc.)
Be a good listener – don’t interrupt
Record the lecture, if possible
Create a summary
Carter, C & Bishop, J & Kravits, S & Maurin, P. (2010) Keys to Success: Building Successful Intelligence and Achieving Your Goals. Pearson Canada, Inc. Toronto, ON.
Downing, S. (2011) On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life. Wadsworth Cengage Learning. Boston, MA.
Feldman, R & Chick, S. (2003). P.O.W.E.R. LEARNING: Strategies for Success in High Education and Life, 1st Canadian Edition. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Toronto, ON.
Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 11 (2), T.H. Holmes and R. H. Rahe. “The Social Readjustment Rating Scale”
“Stress Management.” (2012). Help Guide. Accessed from: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm
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• Time Management*
• Study Skills*
• Presentation Skills*
• Memory and Concentration
• Effective Reading
• The Art of Note taking
• Exam and Test Preparation
• Group Dynamics
• Ready, Set, Research!
• Cite it Right: APA
• Money Management
• Stress Management
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