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Developing Note-taking Skills

An overview of Chapter 9 from Linda Wong's Essential Study Skills.
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Jenn Kepka

on 19 May 2014

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Developing Note-taking Skills
Note-taking is a skill. Surprise!
Good notes condense information.

Good notes help you think further about what you've read.

Good notes make a condensed "study guide" of your material.
Essential Strategies for Note-Taking
Know what you're writing down.
Don't write it all down.
Put things in your own words.
Include textbook reminders in your notes. (Page __, Graph X).
Label notes consistently.
Use notes for warm-up, for follow-up, for refresh (spaced practice)
Check them for accuracy.
Use immediate and ongoing review.
Learn Several Methods: Deploy What Works
Annotation

The Cornell Notetaking System

Two- and Three-Column Notetaking Systems

The Outline Notetaking System
Bad notes copy information.
Bad notes let you turn your brain off "because I've got it written down somewhere."
Bad notes copy the wrong information.
Annotation
To annotate is to "add notes" to something. This includes margin notes, highlighting, and writing on the page.

What should you highlight? What should you avoid highlighting?
Highlight:
Complete topic sentence
Key words and phrases
Circle terminology and highlight key words in definitions
Number (enumerate) steps or lists
Make marginal notes to emphasize
Marginal Notes & Enumerating:
What's the value of enumerating items in your notes?

What information should be included in marginal notes?
Studying from Annotations
Can't I just re-read what I highlighted?
(Why not?)

What should I do instead?
Re-read out loud only the marked annotations.
Turn the ideas into complete sentences (verbally string together)
Recite without looking (in your own words)
Write a summary or another set of notes
Keep coming back for more: spaced practice, ongoing review, immediate review
Good Study Strategies
The Cornell Note-taking System
A system designed for college.
Five R's:
Record
Reduce
Recite
Reflect
Review
Using Cornell For Textbooks
Cornell notes should be a thorough representation of what the book shows you is important:
Copy down headings, subheadings, everything that's bold, marginal notes that don't appear elsewhere, major and minor details, summaries of graphs and charts, lists, etc.
After that... Reduce
Move headings to the left.

Re-read your notes and fill in any blanks.

Write study questions in the Recall column.
What should I avoid doing here?
Recite!
Cover up the right-hand column and try to answer the left-hand questions.

Can you do it?

What should you do if you can't?
Reflect and Review
What's the difference between these two?

Why is it important to do both?
Two- and Three-Column Notes
Two-column notes are modified Cornell notes.
Three column notes provide comparisons or multiple sources.
Key words
Explanation or Definition, or Textbook Notes
Example or Detail, or Lecture
Outline Notes
Formal or Informal?
Use the textbook as your guide

Study by explaining the short hand to yourself.

Add clues to the right of your outline.
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