Presentation on theme: "Effective Note taking Presented by: ACCESS CENTER Workshop Goals: To help you evaluate your current note taking style To offer guidelines for improving."— Presentation transcript:
Effective Note taking Presented by: ACCESS CENTER Workshop Goals: To help you evaluate your current note taking style To offer guidelines for improving your note taking Highlight styles and resources for additional information
Do you??? UUnderstand your notes after 1 week? HHave a grasp of the key ideas? TTry to write every word spoken?
Why take notes? Improves concentration Increases retention Guidelines for test preparation Organizes key ideas
Watch and Listen! Concentrate not only on the words spoken but… Look for emphasis! Translate and use clues!! Leave spaces for supplemental information Review, reword, Organize!
Top three techniques!! Cornell Works well with Visual Learning style Outline Works well with Auditory Learning Style Mapping Works well with Kinesthetic learning style
The Cornell Note-taking System 2 1/2” left side Cue Column 6” Note taking 1. Record: During the lecture, use the note taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences. 2. Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based on the notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarify meanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthen memory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later. 3. Recite: Cover the note taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words. 4. Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them? 5. Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam. 2” Summary After class, use this space at the bottom of each page to summarize the notes on that page. Adapted from How to Study in College 7/e by Walter Pauk, 2001 Houghton Mifflin Company
OUTLINE Taking Lecture Notes I. What is the purpose of lectures? A. The instructor may draw on his/her background of reading and experience to present material that students ordinarily would not get. B. Important principles might be illustrated and explained in more detail by the lecturer. C. Additional materials might be introduced to bring out important points II. How might the lecturer present his/her material? A. There maybe only a few major points covered, with much explanation to make them clear. 1. All material can not be presented; the discussion maybe condensed. 2. The student should pick out the major points B. Sources of information or readings may be suggested or noted. C. In introductory courses, a survey of the field is usually given. 1. Controversial issues are usually not brought out. 2. Limitations or shortcomings of the subject are usually noted, not debated. 3. If viewpoints are criticized or experimental methods are questioned in introductory courses, the lecturer usually smoothes out difficulties or fills in omissions. 4. In such courses, getting a body of knowledge is the aim, and representative outlines of the lectures helps get this. III. What is the purpose of lecture notes? A. Help the student get the meaning and plan of the lecture. 1. Notes should represent students’ thinking, questioning and reaction to the lecture. 2. Notes should encourage the student to take an active (thinking) part in the lectures and do reference reading. 3. Notes should help the student to think more clearly on the organized points of his/her outline lecture notes. B. Help the student learn and remember the important ideas and facts. 1. Gives an accurate record of significant principles, facts and ideas. 2. Helps in remembering more accurately and for a longer period of time. 3. From the notes, s/he can organize the material for better learning and for review.