Are Your Notes Like Swiss Cheese? Too Many Holes! A Workshop On Note Taking Skills Brought to you by the UC Clermont Learning Center
What We Will Cover HHow To Get The Most Out Of A Lecture. LListening Skills. TThe Day Dreaming Trap. TTips For Taking Notes While You Listen. SSuccessful Note Taking Methods. RReviewing Your Notes After Class. OOrganizing Your Notebook.
BBe Prepared AArrive early AActively participate RReview notes soon after class RRethink all examples covered in class How To Get the Most Out of Lecture
Ways to Be Prepared For Class Ways to Be Prepared For Class PPrint them out before class. RReview posted notes before class. I I f possible, triple space typed notes and print PowerPoints with a notes section. UUse these to take notes on in class by filling in the missing information. IIf your professor has Notes/Power Points on Blackboard… AAlways read or thoroughly skim the text before class. YYou will be better able to follow the lecture's main points.
Do You Have Any of These Bad Listening Habits? Quiz When listening in class… DDo you call the Subject Dull? DDo you criticize the Speaker? DDo you tolerate distractions? DDo you only listen for facts? DDo you try to write down everything the speaker says? DDo you not write down anything at all and assume you will remember it?
Listening is a Learned Skill! People do not instinctively listen well, whether in conversations or in class! It is something that we all have to LEARN!
Tips On Effective Listening BBefore class: review your notes from the previous class to refresh and mentally prepare for what the instructor will be talking about. DDetermine why what the instructor is saying is important to you. RRemember: the responsibility for interest and understanding lies with YOU, NOT with the instructor. Learning is up to the learner.
More Tips On Effective Listening IIf you can't hear, arrange things so you can. LLook for the instructor’s pattern of organization. LLook for the main idea or ideas of the presentation. Facts are important only as they support the speaker's points.
Beware of Day Dreaming! AA speaker before an audience slows down to about 100 words per minute. WWe think an average of 400 to 500 words per minute as we listen. WWhat do you do with your extra thoughts? UUse Your Thought Power Wisely: Anticipate the next point. Identify supporting material. Recap What They Have Said So Far.
Take Notes While You Listen CCondense-do not use a sentence when a phrase will do! LLeave open space to go back and fill in extra information from the text. FFocus on the things the speaker focuses on: Things written on the board. Things repeated. Facts or ideas emphasized by tone of voice or body language. Anything included in a wrap up summary or reviewed from the previous lecture.
Making Outline Notes *Outline notes place the general information to the left. -Details or examples that explain the general topic are indented. -As the details get more specific, they are further indented. *When more general topic are introduced, return to the left. You do not have to use letters, or roman numerals for an outline. They are your notes: Use whatever symbols work for you!
Record the lecture as fully as possible in whatever note taking method you are comfortable with. **If you miss a statement, write down key words, skip a few spaces, and get the information later from a fellow student, the text, or the professor. RecallColumn: Class Notes Column Immediatel y, reduce information to short summaries and statements here. Use them for reciting, reviewing and reflecting. Using The Cornell Note Format
Reviewing Notes Before Next Class RRead through your notes and highlight important information. TTurn the important information in your notes into note cards so that they can be carried with you and reviewed frequently. RRe-write your notes more clearly or in a different format. This is the perfect opportunity to add in information from the text not covered in class.
Webbing As A Note Review Instructor’s Main TopicSubtopics Explained Details Given on Subtopics Secondary Details
UUse a 3-Ring Binder instead of a Spiral Bound Notebook. Start the quarter off with one binder and add another later on if necessary. Use dividers to separate your various subjects. Organizing Your Notebooks: Part 1
TTake notes on loose-leaf lined paper. You can move your notes around in your binder if more notes are given on a specific subject later on. You can insert handouts (from class or Blackboard), quizzes or tests right along with that chapters notes. TThis makes studying for Mid-term and Final Exams much simpler! Use post-its or sticky tabs as tabs to separate each chapter. Organizing Your Notebooks: Part 2
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