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The Art of Notetaking

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The Art of Note taking
Questions:
•How many of you take notes during class?
•How many of you take notes while you are reading your class materials?
•Should you use several different note taking methods for various subjects?
•What type of note-taking methods are you using?


Studies show that many people may forget:
*50% of a lecture within 24 hours
*80% in two weeks
*95% within one month

What is note taking?
Why is note taking important?
Note Taking Methods:
•The Cornell Method
•The Outline Method
•The Mapping Method
•The Charting Method

Overview of Methods
*The Cornell Method
*The Outline Method
*The Mapping Method
*The Charting Method
Studies show that people may forget:
If they do not take notes.
Note taking involves recording ideas and facts that you learn in class to help you remember and use them later.
•You become an active part of the listening and learning process.
•You create a history of your course content.
•You have a written record to view or study later.
•You reinforce what is communicated verbally.

The Cornell Method
The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes without laborious recopying. After writing the notes in the main space, use the left-handed space to label each idea and detail with a key word of cue.
The Outline Method
Dash or Indented outlining is usually best except for some classes such as physics or math.
*Most general information begins at the left with each more specific group of facts indented with spaces to the left.
*The relationships between the different parts are carried out through indenting

Advantages:
*organized and systematic for recording and reviewing notes
*easy format for pulling out major concepts and ideas
*simple and efficient
*"Do it right in the first place system"


When to use: In any lecture situation.
Be sure to take your quiz and return it to the Academic Success Center by Friday, September 20th!!
The Outline Method
Advantages:
*Well organized system if done right
*Reduces editing and is easy to review by turning main points into questions
Disadvantages:
*Requires more thought in class for accurate organization
*Does not show relationship by sequence when needed
*This system cannot be used if the lecture is too fast
When to use:
*Use this method when there is enough time in the lecture to think about and make organization decisions when they are needed
*This format can be most effective when your note taking skills are super and sharp and you can handle the outlining regardless of the note taking situation
The Mapping Method
Mapping is a method that uses comprehension/ concentration skills and evolves in a note taking form which relates each fact or idea to every other fact and idea. Mapping is a graphic representation of the content of a lecture.
Advantages:
*This format helps you to visually track your lecture regardless of conditions.
*Review will call for you to restructure thought processes which will force you to check understanding.
*Main points and ideas can easily be transferred to flash or note cards for studying.
Disadvantages:
*You may not hear changes in content from major points to facts
When to use:
*Use when the lecture content is heavy and well-organized
*May also be used effectively when you have a guest lecturer and have no idea how the lecture is going to be presented.
The Charting Method
If the lecture format is distant (such as chronological, you may set your paper by drawing columns and labeling appropriate headings in a table.
Advantages:
*Helps you track conversation and dialogues where you would normally be confused and lose out on relevant content.
*Reduces amount of writing necessary
*Provides easy review mechanism for both memorization of facts and study comparisons and relationships.
Disadvantages:
*Very few disadvantages except learning how to use the method.
*You must be able to understand what's happening in the lecture.
When to use:
*Test will focus on both facts and figures
*Content is heavy and presented fast
*You want to reduce the amount of time you spend editing and reviewing for a test.
*East to review for overall course mid-term or final exam.
Questions???
Apply what you have learned!!!
Take the quiz for a chance to win a prize!!
The Cornell Method of Note Taking
The Outline Method of Note Taking
The Mapping Method of Note Taking
The Charting Method of Note Taking
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