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Note Taking

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Bishara Al-Akeel

on 11 May 2010

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Note Taking Workshop Academic
Support Center
Phyllis Zahnd, Ph.D.
Becky Silverstein, M.A.
with special thanks to Pamela Badillo, B.S. Topic The topic is often given in the title of the lecture, textbook or selected readings. If it is not given, you must know how to identify it.
Main Idea Identify the main idea.
It is the most important point the lecturer or author is making. It may be stated directly (stated main idea) or inferred (implied main idea.)
There is often more than one main idea.
Supporting Details Identify the supporting details.
Major supporting details support the main idea.
Minor supporting details support the major supporting details.
Highlighting (Underlining) Highlight or underline to mark topics, main ideas and important definitions.
Annotating Write explanatory notes in the margins in order to organize and remember important information.
Summary Write a single paragraph review of the topic, main ideas and major supporting details.
Note Taking Methods Outline
Sentence Summary
SQ3R Personalize Your Notes Your notes will always reflect your individual learning style and the subject matter that you are mastering. Notes do not need to be written in complete sentences.
Benefits of Outlining Structures information
Reveals the relationship among facts and theories
Saves time when you prepare for tests
Makes you an active learner
Become a Good Note Taker Learn the skills
Practice these skills
This takes time and patience but it is well worth it
OUTLINE METHOD The topic will be the heading for your notes
The main idea is the most important point and is farthest left
There is often more than one main idea
Major supporting details are one indentation in
Minor supporting details are two indentations in
Subject: Date:


Main Idea – The most general and most important point is furthest left
Major Supporting Detail – One indentation in
Minor Supporting Detail – Two indentations in
Major Supporting Detail
Minor Supporting Detail
Minor Supporting Detail
Minor Supporting Detail
Main Idea
Major Supporting Detail
Major Supporting Detail
Major Supporting Detail
Minor Supporting Detail
Minor Supporting Detail
Drawbacks of the Outline Method
Requires familiarity with the topic
Does not demonstrate how events are sequenced
Difficult to use when the professor speaks very quickly
Difficult to use if you write very large

Organizes your notes
Format is an effective study guide
No recopying necessary
Five Basic Steps

Record – take notes

Reduce – summarize notes

Recite – commit facts and ideas to memory

Reflect – find relationships among new material and what you already know

Review – review notes within 24 hours and review weekly to optimize recall
Benefits of Note Taking Organizes lectures and textbook readings

Enhances your ability to remember material

Enables you to review for tests

Helps you to become fully engaged and be an active learner
Note Taking in the Classroom Come prepared

Reduce distractions

Start a new page for each lecture

Review notes

Be a good listener
Textbook Note Taking
SQ3R Survey the Chapter
* Headings, pictures, charts, graphs and bold print all call attention to important material
* Read summary first
* Read questions at end of chapter



Recite important information

General Note Taking Skills Notes must be legible

Fill in missing information

Clear up any confusion

Develop a system of abbreviations

Write a brief one paragraph summary

Make at least one friend in class who is reliable

Get together with other students and form study groups to compare and share notes

Personalize any system you use

Good Luck

You will do great! Resources from the WCC Website
Access these from ASC - Reading/ESL Tutorial page – Additional Online Reading/ESL Resources – Reading and Study Skills Section



Access this from the WCC Library – Databases – Academic Search Complete

Boyle, Joseph R., “Enhancing the Note-taking Skills of Students with Mild Disabilities.” Intervention in School & Clinic. 36.4 (2001): 221-24. Academic Search Complete. Web. 28 April 2010.
Work Cited All Kinds of Minds. Taking Good Notes: Impact of Attention, Memory, Language, Spatial and Sequential
Ordering, Motor Functions, and Higher Order Cognition. Learning Base. 2008. Web. 23 February 2010.
< http://www.allkindsof minds.org/learningBaseSubSkill/aspx?lbssid=101#>.

California Polytechnic State University. Notetaking Systems. Academic Skills Center. 19 February 2010.
Web. 23 February 2010. <http://www.sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.systems.html>.

Dartmouth College. Taking Lecture and Class Notes. Academic Skills Center. 2010. Web. 23 February 2010.

Ellis, David. Becoming a Master Student. Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning, 2009. Print.

Jerz, Dennis G. Top 5 Tips for Notetaking. About jerz.setonhill.edu. 23 February 2001. Web.
23 February 2010. <http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic/notes-tips.htm>.

York University. Skillbuilding Online. Learning Skills. 25 February 2008. Web. 23 February 2010.
Thank you
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