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1 Learning to Take Good Notes Helpful Tips and Ideas

2 What style of learning works best for you? Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning  Inductive Reasoning starts with details and builds to an understanding of a bigger idea/concept.  Some professors prefer to teach in this “facts to ideas” style and many students learn best when they are given enough information to understand how it all adds up.

3 What style of learning works best for you?  Deductive Reasoning starts with intuitive ideas or concepts and supports them with other information or facts.  Some students learn best when they hear the big idea first and then explore the relationship of that idea with other known facts/concepts.

4 What style of learning works best for you?  Many times a mixture of Inductive and Deductive reasoning are used depending on the material being learned.  Once you decide which type you prefer you can begin thinking of things in that way.  Either start with the big picture and then think about the details or start with the details and think about how they relate to make the big picture.

5 What should you do before class to improve learning?  Test yourself over the previous lecture while waiting for the next one to begin.  Skim reading assignments to acquaint yourself with new ideas and terms.  Try to sit in the center of the room and focus your attention on the speaker.

6 What should you do during class to improve your learning?  Resist distractions and boredom.  When possible translate the lecture into your own words.  Ask questions.  Pay attention to verbal, postural, and visual cues as to what is important.

7 What should you do after class to enhance learning?  Clear up anything you don’t understand by asking the teacher or a classmate.  Fill in missing terms using your text or other source.  Edit your notes to label the main points and terms.

8 Methods of Note Taking  The Cornell Method: Have 2 ½ inch left margins with a 6 inch space to record your notes.  Use the left margin as a recall column to write down the most important words. Later these key words will stick out in your mind.  Use the five R’s: record, reduce, recite, reflect, and review.  Click here to see the Cornell method here

9 Methods of Note Taking  Use the ISWAM method to make notes when the teacher talks fast.  Integrate all previous notes and readings.  Sit as close to the teacher as possible.  Write everything the teacher writes.  Analyze verbal, nonverbal, and body language cues.  Monitor your attention—stay focused.

10 Taking Notes from a Recorded Lecture  Prepare to take notes  Have all the necessary material ready before starting the tape.  Play the tape in small sections  Take notes on each section  On your first listen: listen for meaning  On your second listen: take notes  On your third listen: review

11 Additional Hints for Taking Notes  Use a three-ring binder. You can punch holes in handouts and exams and add them to the binder.  Don’t copy every word. Try to put the lecture in your own words.  Leave single spaces between lines and double spaces between ideas so later you can add information if necessary and this will make it easier to review.  Use asterisks or underlying to highlight main ideas.


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