Note Taking Strategies by Melissa A. Brown

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Note Taking Strategies by Melissa A. Brown

  1. 1. Note Taking A Powerful Tool for Research Success Melissa A Brown, MLS Media Specialist Montgomery County Public Schools, MD Copyright 2004
  2. 2. “ The pen is mightier than the sword.”
  3. 6. We use note taking for many purposes: <ul><li>To list items or activities we don’t want to forget </li></ul><ul><li>To highlight important information in a text </li></ul><ul><li>To summarize reading for later use </li></ul><ul><li>What other uses can you think of? </li></ul>
  4. 7. What will we need? <ul><li>Highlighter </li></ul><ul><li>Sticky notes </li></ul><ul><li>Index cards </li></ul><ul><li>Pencil/pen </li></ul><ul><li>Paper or scrap paper </li></ul><ul><li>Anything else you can think of? </li></ul>
  5. 9. Staying Focused <ul><li>It’s polite to point when we’re reading! </li></ul><ul><li>Use your finger to help you stay on track with the text you’re reading. </li></ul>
  6. 11. Highlighter <ul><li>Use this tool to help you show or remember the most important parts. </li></ul><ul><li>How will you know what is and isn’t important? It depends on what the question is and what you need to know – let that be your guide. </li></ul>
  7. 14. Sticky Notes <ul><li>These are good to use when you can’t highlight the text – such as when you’re using a library book. </li></ul><ul><li>You can write notes directly on them </li></ul><ul><li>You can mark the pages with them </li></ul>
  8. 19. Index Cards <ul><li>Use like your finger to help you follow along while you read </li></ul><ul><li>Can also help you organize your notes </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a different index card for each point </li></ul><ul><li>You can rearrange your index cards when your done – this makes research easier – no need to copy over </li></ul><ul><li>Good for visual learners – can help you see the “big picture” </li></ul>
  9. 22. You Can Take Notes Anywhere!
  10. 23. Review: Notes help you to……. <ul><li>Remember important information </li></ul><ul><li>Stay organized </li></ul><ul><li>Be successful in your research </li></ul><ul><li>How else can notes help you? </li></ul>
  11. 24. What is your next step? <ul><li>Practice note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have the supplies you need at school and at home </li></ul><ul><li>Share good note-taking strategies with one another </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what works best for you </li></ul><ul><li>Do your best and have fun! </li></ul>

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