Active Learning in Classroom 1. Prepare for Class 2. Attend Class 3. Actively Listen 4. Take Notes
Why Take Notes?• Helps to remember what is discussed in class• Stimulates Critical-Thinking• can help students work on assignments and prepare for tests outside of the classroom.• help students organize and process data and information.
Taking Notes ≠ Dictation• Note taking is writing complete ideas; dictation is writing complete sentences.
ExamplesDictation: EAP 1353 meets 2 days a week, from 10:00 am to 10:50.Notes: Hist 1002 - 2 d/wk 10 – 10:50 am
Know What to Write Down• Writing down anything the teacher writes on the board.• Listen for words that signal important information (i.e. “pay attention,” “I want to emphasis this…”).• Listen for clues that tell you how many details will be listed (i.e. “there are three major themes in this story…”).
Note Taking Skills• Copy information the teacher writes on the board.• Listen for clue words that signal important information.• Put a question mark in the margin if you don’t understand something.• Use abbreviations to help you write faster. Make up your own.• Review your notes as soon as you can.
Tips for Note-Taking• Develop a personal style that works for you.• Put a question mark in the margin next to anything you don’t understand so you will remember to ask teacher for help.• Use abbreviations so you can write faster.• Write on one side of the paper• Put date and subject at the top of the page.• Number the page to make your notes better study tools.• Look over your notes as soon as you can to make sure they make sense to you.
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• Use headings/sub-headings to organize ideas Gas Use -Factors Europe U.S Less good hwys More $$ cheap gas More trains auto ind. +pub transp. oil comp.
• Use symbols and abbreviations. Mr = ! Mrs % w/ ‹ pop › & # ≅ w/o x
Change dictation into notes: Studies on worldwide literacy rates show that almost 80 percent of the world’s population over the age of 15 is now literate. This includes more women than ever before.• One way to write this info Studies ww literacy rt = almost 80 % world pop over 15 yrs now literate• + grtr # of women than bef
UNESCO’s study shows a drop in illiteracy from twenty-two and four-tenths percent of the world population in 1995 to twenty and three tenths in 2000.• UNESCO’s st shows fr 22.4% ww pop in ’95 to 20.3% in 2000What important information is missing? What is the decrease in?• The LITERACY rate INCREASED – the drop was in the number of people who CANNOT read – the ILLITERACY rate dropped.
• WW literacy rates• - almost 80% of ww pop 15+ yrs - literate• - more women than bef• - illiteracy 1995 2000 22.4% (ww pop) 20.3%
Tips for taking notes from readings• Understand what you are looking for in the reading. Are you looking to gain a general understanding or are you searching for specific information or support for an argument?
• A well structured reading:begin by outlining the main argument or ideas in the first few sentences and in the first paragraph.Pick out the main premise and write it down.Each paragraph after that should contain evidence that the author uses to support the main premise.
• If you understand the main idea, don’t read the examples given to support it.Never include examples in your notes.Only include the facts, avoid experiences and examples where possible.