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  • 1. Listening for specific details
  • 2.  There are situations in real life where we listen only for some specific details and ignore the rest of the entire message. e.g. weather forecast, announcements in train stations/airports, … etc.  Once you have learned to pick out the main idea in a lecture, your next step is to note the specific details. You will need these details later to answer questions on all types of exams: multiple choice, short answer, and essay. To listen for and note specific details, it is helpful to notice how the lecture is organized.
  • 3. Lecture Organization and Note Taking If the lecture is organized in the standard way; i.e. if it contains and introduction, body, and occlusion, listen for and note the main idea in each of these sections. The following information help you decide which specific details you should write in your notes.
  • 4. 1. If the introduction to the lecture is a summary of the previous class session, take note of this. These notes will be an added reminder of what the lecturer thinks is important. 2. If the introduction is just a general introduction or an attention gesture (a fact, a saying, a story), you don’t need to write it down. 3. Next, listen for information in the body of the lecture. You will probably hear the most details in this section. Write down as much information as you can in your notes, but don’t worry if you can’t get everything. Put a question mark in the margin and ask questions later. 4. As you listen to the conclusion, continue to make your notes as complete as possible. Most conclusions won’t contain any new information, but be ready in case the instructor has forgotten to include an important detail earlier and decides to mention it in the conclusion.
  • 5. Four ways to organize your notes: 1. This method of note taking is useful when the main points and details are long phrases and sentences. Main point Detail Detail Detail Main point Detail Detail Detail
  • 6. 2. This method of note taking is most useful when details are symbols, statistics, single words, or very short phrases. Main point Detail Further detail Detail Detail
  • 7. 3. The following method is useful when the lecturer tends to back up and give specific details on points mentioned earlier in the lecture. Detail Further detail Main point Detail Further detail Main point Detail Detail Detail Further detail
  • 8. 4. This method is useful when the details recede the main point. Detail Detail Detail Main point Detail Detail Detail Main point