Effective notetaking

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Effective notetaking

  1. 1. EFFECTIVE NOTETAKING<br />It’s About Listening<br />
  2. 2. LISTENing Tips <br />L = Lead<br />Keep yourself in the lead<br />Prepare physically<br />Be ready to write as soon as the professor starts talking.<br />Prepare mentally<br />Before class, skim the next chapter of the text; it will make the lecture easier to follow.<br />Glance over the previous class’s notes will refresh your memory and set the stage for the current class.<br />
  3. 3. I = Ideas<br />Listen and write down main ideas and concepts instead of every word of the lecture.<br />
  4. 4. S = Summarize<br />Try to summarize the lecture into key concepts and ideas.<br />Listen for key idea indicators…when you hear them, begin writing:<br />“In conclusion…”<br />“Four reasons for…”<br />“The characteristics of…”<br />
  5. 5. T = Talk<br />Take part in class; even if it’s a subject you don’t like…you’ve got to be there anyway…you may as well make the best of it.<br />Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.<br />
  6. 6. E = End<br />The last five minutes of a class are often a summary of the lecture; it’s time to fill in holes in your notes and listen to last minute instruction instead of packing up your books.<br />
  7. 7. N = Notes<br />Take good notes<br />Listening is the first step of notetaking, but you’ll retain as little as 20% of the lecture after only 24 hours unless you review.<br />
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  9. 9. Notetaking Exercise<br />
  10. 10. Notetaking Tips<br />Read/skim your text before class<br />Go early, stay late<br />Sit close to the teacher<br />Don’t try to take everything down<br />Use abbreviations<br />Use lots of paper<br />Leave spaces if you can’t keep up<br />Use a separate binder for each subject<br />Compare notes<br />

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