Taking notes forces you to pay attention while testing your understanding of the material.
When you review, notes provide a gauge to you on what is important.
Personal notes are usually easier to understand than the text.
Writing down important points helps you remember even before you study the material formally.
Apply the 3 D’s to Listening
Determine the important things the speaker is saying.
Decide to listen. Listening is the responsibility of the learner.
Develop good listening skills for your college and future success.
Anticipating the next point a speaker will make in developing a subject
Identifying supporting material and evidence for major points that a speaker makes
Recapitulating –make a mental summary when the speaker pauses
Finish reading assignments given for that class
Review notes from previous class to refresh your memory
Arrive before the lecture begins
Choose a good seat where you can easily see and hear the professor
Avoid sitting near distracting people
Watch for clues from the instructor emphasizing certain material (e. g. change in voice inflection, animated movements, writing on board)
Listen, think, then write. Listen for what is being said, not how it's being said.
Take notes using a consistent, organized system that you developed
Participate in class and ask questions
Write down major ideas, details, and examples
Skip lines in order to add material during a review or to show where a new idea begins
Material written on the blackboard
Information that is repeated
- “There are two points of view on…”
- “There are two reasons why…”
Information that is emphasized -Instructor changes their tone of voice
-Instructor uses gestures -Instructor spends a longer amount of time on a topic
-Instructor uses examples of the material
Spend at least 30 minutes reviewing/editing notes within 24 hours
*We lose 80% of what we hear within a few hours if we don’t review
Use text to fill in missed words, clarify notes, and add examples
Identify any questions for the next class that need clarification by the professor
Organize notes with symbols or color codes to identify definitions, test questions, etc.
Compare your notes with a friend to check for completeness and accuracy
Conduct short weekly reviews
Make your notes brief.
Never use a sentence when you could use a phrase.
Never use a phrase where you can use a word.
Use abbreviations and symbols, but be consistent.
Put most notes in your own words. However, the following should be noted exactly:
-One or two sentences long. -Should summarize key points of the lecture. -Should be written in your own words. -Serves as a simple guide for reviewing notes for a test. Picture from: http://www.theproductologist.com/index.php/2008/03/03/cornell-note-taking-method/ *Be sure to put the date and class name in the upper right hand corner -Notes -Definitions -Questions -Key Points -Vocabulary Words -Key Terms -Concepts -Headings
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If you miss a statement, write key words, skip a few spaces, and get the information later.
Use outline and/or a numbering system. Indention helps you distinguish major from minor points.
Date your notes. Perhaps number the pages.
Use a standard sized notebook and paper (8 ½ x 11).
Don’t try to use every space on a page. Leave room for coordinating your notes with the text after the lecture. (You may want to list key terms in the margin or make a summary of the contents of the page.)
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