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Workshop slides for Note-taking and Reading skills session. Session designed specifically for Post graduate students who started at Uni of Sunderland on MAIM program in Feb 2011

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Note taking & reading skills

  1. 1. MA International Management <br />February induction 2011<br />Reading and Note-taking Skills<br />
  2. 2. Skills covered<br />Workshop aims<br /><ul><li>Consider how we prepare for lectures
  3. 3. Discuss the importance of academic reading
  4. 4. Explore techniques for better reading and comprehension
  5. 5. Explore active listening and note-taking methods
  6. 6. Preparing for lectures and classes
  7. 7. SQ3R reading technique
  8. 8. Finding items on reading list
  9. 9. Linear notes, concept mapping and Cornell notes</li></li></ul><li>Preparing for lectures<br />Good Practice<br />
  10. 10. Good Practice: Preparing for lectures<br />1) Preparing for lecture:<br /> 1.1 Reading suggested texts<br /> 1.2 Reviewing previous notes<br /> 1.3 Study behaviour <br />2) Taking part in lecture:<br /> 2.1 Listening for key points and question it<br /> 2.2 Make smart notes - links to other lectures and ideas<br />3) Reviewing the lecture:<br /> 3.1 Reflect on the information and question it<br /> 3.2 Linking information <br />
  11. 11. Reading <br />for a degree<br />
  12. 12. It’s not unusual to have issues with academic reading.....<br />Adapted from; Reiners, H., Moore, N. And Lewis, M. (2008) The international student handbook. Basingstoke; Palgrave.<br />
  13. 13. Why not try the SQ3Rreading technique?<br />
  14. 14. Finding your reading…<br />
  15. 15. What is available to read and why?<br /><ul><li>Prescribed textbooks
  16. 16. Edited books
  17. 17. Single-author books
  18. 18. Journal articles
  19. 19. Indexes and Abstracts
  20. 20. Research reports
  21. 21. Theses
  22. 22. Conference papers</li></li></ul><li>http://ndtalis.sunderland.ac.uk:8080/talislist/index.jsp<br />Direct access to your reading list – including the articles and e-books<br />
  23. 23. http://library.sunderland.ac.uk/help/libraryguides/subjectresourcesguides/<br />Guides for<br /><ul><li>Business
  24. 24. Law
  25. 25. Tourism</li></li></ul><li>Good Practice: Preparing for lectures<br />1) Preparing for lecture:<br /> 1.1 Reading suggested texts<br /> 1.2 Reviewing previous notes<br /> 1.3 Study behaviour <br />2) Taking part in lecture:<br /> 2.1 Listening for key points and question it<br /> 2.2 Make smart notes - links to other lectures and ideas<br />3) Reviewing the lecture:<br /> 3.1 Reflect on the information and question it<br /> 3.2 Linking information <br />
  26. 26. Listening skills<br />What does it mean?<br />What are the main ideas?<br />What is lecturer saying?<br />Active Listening<br />Is she/he answering my questions about the topic?<br />How can I use this information (in my assignments)?<br />
  27. 27. Taking notes: a matter of style<br /><ul><li>Linear notes
  28. 28. Concept/mind mapping
  29. 29. Cornell system </li></li></ul><li>Taking notes in lectures: Recap<br /><ul><li> Listen for structure and examples
  30. 30. Lecturer’s vocabulary
  31. 31. Link points together in your notes
  32. 32. Abbreviation of main points, including vocab!
  33. 33. Use any handouts provided </li></ul>Northedge, 2007, p.138-141<br />
  34. 34. Be careful!!<br /><ul><li>Don’t take direct quotes from books – this is plagiarism!
  35. 35. Don’t tape lectures and plan to type them up later – it’ll take too long. </li></li></ul><li>Good Practice: Preparing for lectures<br />1) Preparing for lecture:<br /> 1.1 Reading suggested texts<br /> 1.2 Reviewing previous notes<br /> 1.3 Study behaviour <br />2) Taking part in lecture:<br /> 2.1 Listening for key points and question it<br /> 2.2 Make smart notes - links to other lectures and ideas<br />3) Reviewing the lecture:<br /> 3.1 Reflect on the information and question it<br /> 3.2 Linking information <br />
  36. 36. After the lecture<br /><ul><li> Review your notes
  37. 37. 98% of information is lost after three weeks (Buzan, 1989)
  38. 38. Expand on first draft lecture notes
  39. 39. Store notes
  40. 40. Organise into a clearly labeled filing system
  41. 41. Use separate file for each module/subject area
  42. 42. Allow additional space to add any further information needed</li></li></ul><li>References<br />Northedge, A (2007) The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: The Open University<br />Cottrell, S (2008) The Study Skill Handbook 3rd Edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Mcmillan Ltd<br />Cottrell, S. (2003) The Student Toolkit. Basingstoke: Palgrave Mcmillan Ltd<br />Buzan, T. (1989) Use Your Head . Harlow: BBC<br />

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