2 Material written on the blackboard/whiteboard Repetition Emphasis Instructors usually give clues to what is important to take down. Some of the more common clues are:Material written on the blackboard/whiteboardRepetitionEmphasis1. Emphasis can be judged by tone of voice and gesture.2. Emphasis can be judged by the amount of time the instructor spends on points and the number of examples he or she uses.D. Word signals (e.g. "There are two points of view on " "The third reason is " " In conclusion ")E. Summaries given at the end of class.F. Reviews given at the beginning of class.
3 Layout Question Column Record Column --2 Inches-- --6 Inches-- After the lecture,write questions in this column for each main point in the record column.Record Column--6 Inches--Record patterns of main idea and supportin your own words when possible.Use indentationsto show the relationships between main ideas andsupport.
4 Record ColumnWrite main ideas and supporting material in the right column– Use signals from the lectureTitles & keywords= topics main ideas“Transition” words/phrases introduce detailsFirst, most, some, this is called, there are two typesUse abbreviations to get the full idea.Leave spaces between ideas so you canfill in more later.see how ideas relate to one another
5 Question ColumnWrite questions in the left column of your notes to quiz yourself on the material.Write questions in the question column on the same line as the item the question addresses in the record columnWrite a question for each newTopicMain ideaSignificant detailWrite questions for details on which you think your professor will quiz you.
6 Quiz Answer your questions in the left column. Cover the Record Column.Read your questions in the Question ColumnUsing your own words, answer your questions out loud.Uncover your notes and check what you have said against the facts.This will help transfer ideas to your long- term memory!
7 Review Review to improve your memory. If you spend 10 minutes every week or so in a quick review of your notes,you will retain most of what you have studiedyou won’t have to cram during an “all-nighter”you will relate the facts and ideas to present lectures or readings.
8 Notetaking Tips Keep a separate notebook or binder for each course. Notes for each lecture should begin on a new page.Date and number all pages.Never use a sentence when you can use a phrase, or a phrase when you can use a word.
9 Notetaking Tips, Cont.Use indentations to distinguish between major and minor points.Put most notes in your own words, exceptformulas , definitions, and specific factsUse abbreviations and symbols wherever possible.If you completely don’t understand an idea,leave a blank space and ask your professor for help on it.
10 Notetaking Tips, Cont.Develop a code system of note-marking to indicate questions, comments, important points …for example,Mark unfamiliar vocabulary & unclear ideas in unique waysHighlight vocabulary in pink.Circle ideas that are still unclearMake sure you can understand what you have written and if needed, make corrections.Use drawings, arrows or other organizers to help you see concepts and relationships between them
11 2. Cue or Question(After Lecture)write key words, phrases or questions that serve as cues for notes taken in classcue phrases and questions should be in your own words3. Recitewith classroom notes covered, read each key word or questionrecite the fact or idea brought to mind by key word or question1. Record (During Lecture)write down facts and ideas in phrasesuse abbreviations when possible(After Lecture)read through your notesfill in blanks and make scribbles more legible4. & 5. Reflect and Reviewreview your notes periodically by recitingthink about what you have learned
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