Presentation on theme: "Effective study skills: Reading & Notemaking"— Presentation transcript:
1 Effective study skills: Reading & Notemaking Dr. Tamara O’ConnorStudent Learning Development,Trinity College DublinLearn active, deep processing strategiesExplore the different purposes for study tasksLearn about active reading and note making strategiesPractise using learning strategiesStudy skills for college – remembering what worked for you in school or work but then beingAware of the differences in college and making adjustments.Today we’ll focus on reading and notetaking but we’ll touch on other areas too.
2 Learning Objectives Learn active, deep processing strategies Explore the different purposes for study tasksLearn about active reading and note making strategiesPractise using learning strategies
3 I’m just going to the library for 4 hours…. (I’ll work out what I’ll study when I get there)
4 Active studying meansWorking with the material to try to build understandingFind a way process the information in a deep and meaningful wayMake your study more alive.
5 How? Have a framework PSR Think about the purpose of the study task Consider the best way to approach itReflect and reviewPSRPurpose – why?Strategy – how?Review – check!
6 Discussion (5 mins) How do you study (reading/notes) ? How do you take read?How do you take notes?There are other ways to revise, ask friends, tutors etc. what they do.
7 ReadingReading ListSchool curriculum is limited – you can usually cover most, if not all of it. You get the opportunity toRevise in class and via homework.College curriculumYou can’t cover 100% of the course and the content is more difficult, requires time to understand.Have to be smart about what to coverLook ahead to the year in advance
8 Good Reading is like Interrogation Have a purpose for reading.Why are you reading?Increases your motivation.Gives you a reason and something to look for.Good Reading is like Interrogation
9 Get reading – actively! Purpose Strategies to suit: Review Scanning SQ3RNote makingReview
10 Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve Schedule Time for Reviews
11 Get Thinking - Reading Asking questions What is the point of view of author?Evaluate evidenceForming opinionsOverviewSummarise main pointsUnderstandingGet the gist of the topicGather supporting evidenceCritique or evaluateenjoyment
12 Being Selective Ask lectures/tutors what is most relevant Be alert for hints and cluesAsk fellow studentsAsk students in years aheadShare readingPreview or skim before in-depth reading
15 Ok, I’m finding it hard to concentrate, I’ll make a good effort to makeprecise notes.“I feel like I’m being taken advantageof – doing work not related to my PhD”Place
16 Activate your brainCopy and Paste Makes it DangerousPerfect Copy
17 Notes Your Summary Notes Review Notes Source Exams Or Essays Create summary sheets by topic, main idea or concept.Use diagramming, charting, outlining, mind maps, writing or tables.
18 You want to be looking at questions Ok, let’s look at training – preparing and revising for the exam event.I mentioned the importance of knowing the type of exam because you’ll approach them differently.MCQ – Multiple Choice Question – exams are where there’s a stem (Tissue oedema is caused by) and then a list of options (a, b, c, d) that you have to choose the right answer from.This type of exam is looking for you to be able to recognise the right information and it requires accurate knowledge. What does this mean in terms of how you revise?Do not get distracted by false answersThere are different types: T/F,What does this mean in terms of revision?You want to be looking at questions
19 Types of Notes Prose or summary Outline or skeleton Mind or concept mapsCornell or 2 ColumnHow do you take notes?
25 Taking Notes Write brief notes here as you are reading a book Keywords or QuestionshereWrite brief notes here asyou are reading a bookOR during a lectureWrite a short summary of the page here
26 Taking Notes Types of Matter Solids -have a definite shape Liquids?Types of MatterSolids-have a definite shape-have a defiinte volumeLiquids-Do not have a shape- Have a volumeWrite a short summary of the page here
28 More informationCottrell, S. (2003). The study skills handbook, 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Fairburn, G.J. & Fairburn, S.A. (2001). Reading at university: a guide for students. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
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