Note Taking & Reading Strategies

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Note Taking & Reading Strategies

  1. 1. Note taking strategies<br />Orna.Farrell@dbs.ie<br />
  2. 2. Discussion questions<br />Is taking notes important?<br />What method do you use?<br />When do you take notes?<br />
  3. 3. Why take notes?<br />To note down facts<br />To contrast similarities and differences<br />To summarise main points<br />To help pay attention<br />To review and revise<br />To record thoughts & brainstorm<br />
  4. 4. Types of note taking<br />Prose/linear<br />Many students use this format <br />basically written paragraphs<br />While this type can provide a summary the disadvantages are that it encourages verbatim copying <br />doesn&apos;t allow for organisational strategy use<br />
  5. 5. Types of note taking<br />Mind mapping/spider diagrams<br />The notes start in the middle of a page and &apos;explode&apos; out towards the edge of the page. <br />The advantage is that it is very visual, allows for structure and displays relationships. <br />They are very useful for review and recall, brainstorming and revision purposes. <br />Another advantage is that a lot of information can be condensed<br />Disadvantages include they are hard to produce, especially from lectures and they require practice<br />
  6. 6. Why mind map?<br />Using words, numbers and sentences only uses one side of your brain: the left<br />Your right brain responds to colours, shapes and sound<br />Mind mapping uses both left and right brain skills<br />Interview with Tony Buzan<br />
  7. 7. Making a mind map<br />Spicy nodes<br />www.spicynodes.org<br />Choose a topic<br />The floods<br />Climate Change<br />X factor<br />The Ryan report on child abuse<br />Dublin Business School<br /> Spend five minutes creating a mind map<br />
  8. 8. Types of note taking<br />Cornell Method<br />This method involves drawing a line down the page, about 1/3 from left side of page. <br />The right side is used to record notes. The left side is reserved for key words and main points. <br />These can be done after the lecture, when trying to condense the information. <br />The advantage of this method is that it forces the note taker to select main points; <br />
  9. 9. Types of note taking<br />Outline<br />The advantage of this method is that it is more visual and allows for the structure.<br />It forces the note taker to create main points. <br />A disadvantage is that sometimes the material is not conducive or provided in such a format that lends itself to outlining<br />
  10. 10. Taking Notes in Lectures<br />Taking notes in lectures involves being an active listener<br />Focus on the content not the speaker<br />Review previous notes for better continuity & comprehension<br />Listen for key words<br />Spend a few minutes discussing the lecture at the end <br />
  11. 11. Taking Notes from readings<br />The SQRNR Reading Method<br />Survey the text <br />Question: make questions about the text<br />Read & underline key words<br />Make notes<br />Revise<br />
  12. 12. Further reading<br />www.spicynodes.org<br />Buzan, T. (2002) How to mind map. London: Thorsons.<br />http://www.buzanworld.com/<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlabrWv25qQ<br />

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