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Ideas for more effective note taking

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Strategies for better notetaking

Strategies for better notetaking

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  • 1. Ideas for easier and more effective note taking Student+ Week 3
  • 2. Shorthand techniques: Symbols
    • Using symbols helps students save time when taking notes.
    • They are quick to write and take up less space than the much longer words they represent. Some examples of symbols include: percentage (%), question (?), number (#), and money ($).
    • Come up with symbols for the following words: and, equals, star, sun, and circle.
    • How could you write the sentence with symbols to be quicker
      • "Jack has a question about problem number one and would like an answer!"
  • 3. Answer to symbols
    • The student might write, "Jack has a ? about problem #1 & would like an answer!"
  • 4. Shorthand techniques: Abbreviations
    • Abbreviations, or shortened versions of longer words, help students break down words into smaller chunks of letters.
    • Some examples of abbreviations include: Wednesday (Wed), homework (hwk), people (ppl), and school (schl).
    • Feel free to make up their own abbreviations – there are no set rules for abbreviating most words! For example, he or she can choose to abbreviate therefore as thfr, maybe as mbe, or assignment as asmt.
    • Be as creative as you like, so long as you remember what the abbreviations stand for.
    • For practice, come up with abbreviations for the following words: Thursday, Sociology, globalisation and lab report.
    • Look at page of abbreviations on Student+ week 3 area.
  • 5. Shorthand techniques: Contractions
    • Contractions save students time by combining two words into one shorter, more compact word.
    • Some examples of contractions include: couldn’t (stands for could not), he’s (stands for he is), and hasn’t (stands for has not).
    • Come up with contractions for the following words: you are, is not, it will, and they are.
  • 6. How do you organise a well-written page of notes?
    • That answer depends partially on the specific learning style of each student.
  • 7. Column-Style Note Taking
    • Column-Style Note Taking helps students organize information that they hear into two different columns.
    • The left column should be drawn 1/3 from the left side of the page, and the right column should be 2/3 from the right side of the page.
    • The student should label the left column "Main Ideas" and the right column "Notes.”
    • In class, when the lecturer begins speaking, the only place on the page where the student should take notes is on the right side, under the "Notes" column.
    • During class, nothing should be written under the "Main Ideas" column on the left.
    • When the student comes home, he or she should re-read the notes and group different sections of the lecture into specific main ideas.
  • 8. Column-Style Note Taking Main Ideas Notes Causes of WW I
    • Leaders’ aggression
    • !'ing nat'lism
    • Econimic comp.
    Battles of WW II
    • of
    • of Fronteirs
    • of
    • of
  • 9. Column-Style Note Taking
    • Encourages students to look back at their notes at the end of the day to ensure that they understood all of the information from the lecture, and that there were no information gaps.
    • If there are any holes in the notes, students can either ask their lecturer, tutor or a friend for the missing information, or research that information in their textbooks.
    • Column-Style Note Taking is a very comprehensive strategy for taking notes and preparing well for upcoming exams.
  • 10. Mind Maps
    • Students first draw a circle in the center of their page. Inside that circle, they write the topic of the lecture They then draw bubbles branching out of that line containing important details which describe that main idea.
    • Once the lecturer has finished discussing that section, students draw another line branching out from the original center circle. On that line, they write the next main idea.
    • They then draw bubbles branching out of that line with important details describing the main idea, and continue with that pattern until the lecture is complete.
  • 11. Inspiration
  • 12. Mind maps
    • Mind Mapping helps students visualise information that they hear or read, and serves as a great tool for test preparation.
  • 13.
    • How to Take Perfect Class Notes Published in New York Family
    • B y Emily Levy
    • http://www.iser.com/resources/note-taking-skills.html