Being Engaged in Learning:Listening, Taking Notes, and Participating in Class
Your TurnWhat kind of notes did you take in highschool? Do you think you learned howto take good notes? Is the samemethod working for you now? Why orwhy not?
Using Your Senses in the Learning Process• How do you believe you learn most effectively? • Aural • Visual • Interactive • Tactile • Kinesthetic • Olfactory
Preparing for Class• Some classes are hard to follow and understand• Prepare by listening, learning and remembering before the lecture• Will help in getting better grades• Before-class tips: • Do the assigned reading • Pay attention to your course syllabus • Make use of additional materials • Warm up for class • Get organized
Participating in Class• Listening critically and with an open mind can help you • get more out of what you hear • understand better what you have heard • save time• Speak up • Answers that are not quite correct and lead to new perspectives on topics • There is no such thing as a stupid question
Your TurnIs it hard or easy for you to raise yourhand and ask questions in most ofyour classes? Why? How can youbecome more involved?
Taking Effective Notes• Note-taking formats • Cornell • Outline • Paragraph • List• Note-taking techniques • Identify the main ideas • Don’t try to write everything down• Taking notes in non-lecture courses • Be ready to adapt note-taking methods to match the situation• Taking notes in science and mathematics courses • May differ from taking notes in other types of classes• Using technology to take notes • Laptops, recorders
Your TurnWhich of the four note-taking methods(Cornell, outline, paragraph, list) ismost like the one you use? How welldoes your current system work foryou? Explain your answer. Whatchanges will you make in how you takeyour notes?
Reviewing Your Notes• The “Forgetting Curve” • Most forgetting takes place within the first 24 hours• Comparing notes • Can help improve your own notes• Class notes and homework • Good notes can help you complete homework assignments • Take 10 minutes to review your notes • Do a warm-up for your homework • Do any assigned problems and questions • Persevere • Complete your work
Your TurnWhat are your reactions to thesuggestions about taking notes andstudying for class? Which ideas willyou implement in your note-takingstrategies? Why? Do you think theyhave the potential to help you earnbetter grades? If so, in what way?
Become Engaged in Learning• Engaged students not only learn the material but also how to • Work with others • Improve critical thinking, listening, writing, and speaking skills • Function independently and self-teach • Manage time • Gain sensitivity to cultural differences• Need to devote time and energy both in and out of class
Tech Tip: Take Notes Like a Rock Star• Using basic programs to sharpen your note- taking skills set • Word • Great for taking notes in most classes • Excel • Good for economics and accounting courses • PowerPoint • Invaluable tool for visual learners
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