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Descriptions of techniques and styles of note-taking and how to take better notes.

Descriptions of techniques and styles of note-taking and how to take better notes.

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  • Being an Effective Student Series Marcus Simmons Supportive Services Coordinator/Advisor – Itawamba Community College
  • Being an Effective Student Series Note taking Time Management & Organizational Skills Effective Study Skills Taking Exams or Tests Marcus Simmons Supportive Services Coordinator/Advisor – Itawamba Community College
  • Being an Effective Student Series This CD: Note taking Marcus Simmons Tech Prep Coordinator – Itawamba Community College View slide
  • Note Taking • • • • • The Cornell Method The Outline Method The Mapping Method The Charting Method The Sentence Method View slide
  • The Cornell Method Jackson Mississippi The capital of Mississippi. The US Senate Serves for 6 years before having to run again. Each state has 2 senators
  • The Cornell Method • Advantages – – – – Organized and easy to review Good format for major concepts and ideas Simples and efficient Saves time • Disadvantages – None • When to Use – In any lecture type situation
  • The Outline Method • Extrasensory Perception – Definition: means of perceiving without use of organs • Three kinds – Telepathy: sending messages – Clairvoyance: forecasting – Psychokinesis: perceiving events external to a situation • Current Status – No current research to support or refute – Few psychologists say impossible
  • The Outline Method • Advantages • Disadvantages • When to Use – Well organized if done correctly – Reduces editing – Easy to review – Requires more in class thought – May not show good sequence relationships – Cannot use if the lecture is too fast – Great to use when the lecture is presented in outline format – Best when there is enough time during the lecture to really organize your thoughts well – Best when you have mastered the note taking skills and are a better note taker than most people
  • The Mapping Method Extrasensory Perception 3 types Telepathy – Sending messages Psychokinesis – Perceiving events Clairvoyance – Forecasting
  • The Mapping Method • Advantages – – – – – Can visually track lectures easily Little thinking required and relationship can be tracked easily Easy to edit later Reviewing easy conducted Easy to transfer to other means of studying like flashcards • Disadvantages – Hard to hear changes in content from major points to facts • When to Use – When the lecture is well organized – Can be useful with guest lecturers when you are not familiar with what the lecture will be about
  • The Charting Method Period Important People Events 1941-1945 FDR WW II
  • The Charting Method • Advantages – Helps to track conversational style lectures better – Reduces the amount of writing – Easy to review facts and relationships • Disadvantages – Learning the system and being able to distinguish good categories or headings – Must be able to understand the lecture well • When to Use – – – – When tests focus on facts and relationships Content is heavy and presented very fast When you need to reduce editing time When you want to get a large overview of all of the material
  • The Sentence Method Example Lecture: A revolution is any occurrence that Affects other aspects of life, and so forth. Therefore Revolutions cause change. (see pages 29-30 in your Textbook about this). Sample of Notes: Revolution – occurrence that affects Aspects of life…eg… econ, soc, etc… text pp. 29-30 *Develop your own set of abbreviations and symbols.
  • The Sentence Method • Advantages – Slightly more organized than paragraphs – Gets most all of the information • Disadvantages – Hard to determine the major and minor points – Difficult to edit without re-writing – Difficult to review unless edited or re-written • When to Use – Lecture has to be organized well – When you can hear the points but are unsure of their relationship during the lecture – The instructor present points, but points are not grouped together well
  • Conclusion Try the other of this series: • Time Management & Organizational Skills • Effective Study Skills • Taking Exams or Tests Marcus Simmons Supportive Services Coordinator/Advisor Student Support Center – Room 123 E mgsimmons@iccms.edu
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