When you’re planning a shopping trip, you make a list. When you’re telling a story, you tell it in chronological, or time, order. When you’re trying to make a point, you support your statements with examples. Your teachers do the same thing. They use different organizational schemes for presenting different kinds of material. When you’re taking notes, it helps to understand the organizational plan your teacher or textbook is using. Then you can tailor your notes to fit your needs.
How good are you at recognizing different organizational schemes? Look at the list of topics on the left. Then write the letter of the topic (on a notebook page) beside the organizational plan the presenter would probably use:
It is important to be able to identify organizational schemes, because they’re one key to deciding what note-taking method will work best for you. As you’re about to find out, there are many ways to take notes. Matching your note-taking method with your teacher’s organizational scheme will help you make better sense of the presentation. When review time comes around, you’ll understand your notes better, too.
While you watch television, you can actually practice identifying oragnizational schemes and have fun, too.
Form a small group and discuss television shows you watch. Discuss the way information is presented on talk shows, news programs, situation comedies, or informational shows. For each organizational scheme, name a show that uses it: