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1 Take The University Challenge Listening and Notetaking During Lectures The Academic Skills Centre Trent University

2 The lecture Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

3 Listen and take notes for a few minutes Prof. Steve Joordens, UofT Psychology: "Critical Thinking" (video clip) Challenge!

4 Information goes by once, usually quickly. If you miss something (say, you are writing instead of listening), it’s gone. It’s difficult to separate what is important, the main points that you need to note, from secondary points. Fears

5 The goal of taking notes is to end up with meaningful notes rather than a transcription of the entire lecture. Note-Taking Goal

6 Good lecture notes can end up being more practical, meaningful and up-to-date than a textbook. Equally importantly, the act of taking and reviewing notes helps you learn: it forces you to listen carefully, test your understanding, determine what is important to the instructor or in the text. Note-taking helps your memory Why Take Notes?

7 Read the syllabus and your notes from previous lecture: Think about where the lecture fits into the course. Do assigned readings. Anticipate how they might relate to the lecture ahead. Figure out the relationship between your readings and the lecture: don’t write the same thing down twice Prepare

8 Instructors give cues about what is important to write down. Material is written on a blackboard on a slide repeated – the same idea, topic or theme is presented several times emphasized by tone and gesture, by the amount of time spent on a point or examples appears in the end-of-lecture summary What’s important?

9 This point is important: essential, crucial, vital This is an example of something important: for instance, an illustration of this is This point is important because it is part of a list: first, second, finally (etc.) A contrasting idea is coming up: nonetheless, however, whereas This is a review of important points: summing up, in conclusion This point is less important: incidentally, by the way Word cues

10 Go to Lectures. Sit Where You Can Hear and Don’t Multi-Task; be listening, thinking, noting, reflecting, questioning. Consider or Try NOT using a laptop. Date your notes. Don’t write what you already know and what is elsewhere: fill in outlines or add to info on slides Listen as much as write. Strive for 50/50 and don’t be distracted by writing/keying around you Don’t write in sentences. Be brief. Notetaking

11 Leave space. Use arrows, short forms, write graphically. Jot down own thoughts and any questions to ask later. If you think you have missed something vital, get the info later from prof, slides, another student. Your lecture may have been captured on Panoptico and you can review. Notetaking

12 Use symbols and abbreviations: 1.Standard Abbreviations: w for withch for chapter ie for that is eg for example w/o for without w/in for within b/c for because v for very 2. Abbreviations are made by leaving out the vowels and middle letter of a word: imp = importantimpr = improve kn or kw = knowkdge = knowledge no. or # = number prob – problem Symbols

13 3. Other standard abbreviations: = same or equal > greater than < less than ~approximately ^ increasing *most important Symbols

14 Take ten minutes to go over your notes asap while the info in still fresh in your mind. (Studies show that without review 47% of what is learnt is forgotten within 20 minutes) 1.Clarify information 2.Highlight key words and phrases 3.Reflect and respond to lecture by asking: How does it fit with reading & general course themes? 4.Give your notes a title. It means you have understood them. Prepare for Next Lecture by Reading Your Textbook Review

15 One effective way of reviewing is to highlight your notes, using a three- colour system: Colour 1 – for main ideas (the basic structure of the lecture) Colour 2 – for supporting statements or explanations of the main ideas Colour 3 – for facts, details, terms, etc (information that might require memorization or appear in a multiple- choice test) Highlighting

16 Link lecture notes to readings and topics in course outline Keep your notes organized and categorized –Course/Date/Topic/Title. –Individual notebooks or sections in binders –Digital folders housing individual lecture files. (e.g. C:/2010-11/ biol1005f/lect2) Get your notes if you miss a class Organize

17 Advises using a two-column note sheet In wide column, write lecture notes In second column, write key words and questions or thoughts as you take the notes and as you review them In space at bottom, summarize your notes on the page in one or two lines. Do this when you first review the notes. Cornell System

18 Key words include main topics, name of people, places, concepts Key words help you organize your thoughts and they make your notes more comprehensible When studying or reviewing, cover up your note column and see what you can remember about each key word Key Words




22 Prof. Steve Joordens, UofT Psychology: "Critical Thinking“ (video clip) Give it a try

23 Prepare: read, review previous notes put in context and anticipate Go to Lecture: Balance listening and writing: 50/50 Review: for two minutes right after lecture, for two minutes right before next lecture To sum up

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