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  • 1. Note-taking and Note-making.Materials developed by the Learner Development Unitat the University of Bradford
  • 2. Objectives: identify why note-taking is important distinguish between note-taking and note-making recognise different ways of taking effective notes
  • 3. Why? Active Learning!Actively engage with your source by participating in:1. Summary2. Memory3. Revision4. Concentration
  • 4. What is taking notes? The Magic Four!1. Summary – creates an overview of an entire topic by the end of it2. Memory –writing it down helps you retain the information3. Revision – allows you to refine and improve your understanding4. Concentration –being active, rather than passive, requires and preventsdistraction and accommodates concentration
  • 5. Active Listening and Reading ComponentsPrepare Yourself Sit up straight, have your sources andmaterials handy, be mentally ready to INTERACT with thesource without distractions or disruptions.Make Good Decisions What’s the point of this source? What isimportant to record? Why? How should you do it?Hearing/Seeing is More than Listening/Looking Even if thesource is boring, biased, unattractive, etc., acquire theinformation neededPatterns Discover patterns of organization and emphasis
  • 6. Key ComponentJOT IT DOWN. Some people make copiousnotes, others merely need a few keyphrases. Even strong auditory learnersneed something to aid their memory. Themessage is, don’t just sit there reading orlistening – record something.
  • 7. Note-taking versus Note-making.It’s simple!Note-taking is recording key information from anothersourceNote-making returning to those notes to annotate,put things into your own words, summarize andhighlight, and add your ideas and impressions to theinformation
  • 8. Types of Notes:Linear, Visual or Voiced Linear: typical classroom notes written in words Visual: images, shapes, colors, and other expressions without focus onwords Voiced: audio-recorded sources and responses to the source
  • 9. Linear Note-Taking ComponentsCreate a specific template which you follow for all of your notes. Itshould include:1. Title: source and date2. Purpose of your notes: Why do you want to learn this?3. Purpose and Background of Source Information4. Main points, examples, and evidence (this is the big part)5. Questions raised by the source
  • 10. Visual Notes Diagrams, charts, tables, graphs, maps Colors, sizes, styles Symbols, icons, doodles
  • 11. © 2007 Expanding Paradigms
  • 12. Voiced (or Audio) Notes Helps reinforce learning and aids auditory learners Use any technology that records but does not distract others.Lectures and Lessons Record a lecture and play it back later. Then record your own notes of what you remember from what you haveheard and compare with the original source.Texts Take pictures or download files of sources to use outside the classroom. Besure this is okay with the creator and presenter of the source.
  • 13. Note-Taking / Note-MakingNote Taking Note MakingAs you learn from the source, take noteshere!After you have finished learning, makenotes here!(review Slide 7)