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Note taking & study skills


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Note taking & study skills

  1. 1. Note Taking &Study SkillsWHSFreshman Orientation
  2. 2. Common Q & A About NoteTaking1. Why do I need to take notes?2. How do I learn to take class notes?3. How should I organize my notes?4. What should I do with my notes after Itake them?5. What should I do if my teacher is goingtoo fast and I can’t keep up?
  3. 3. Why Take Notes? It is difficult to remember information for anentire unit or chapter that lasts over severaldays or weeks. It is important to take notes to help youremember and understand the material youare learning so that you can be ready for thetest! Note taking keeps you active and alert duringclass and helps you stay focused on theinformation you are learning.
  4. 4. How Do I Take Notes? Every person has their own note takingstrategy; you will develop yours over time. There are many different types of notetaking strategies, so you will have to findone that works best for you. Some Common Types: Listing/Bulleting Outlining Two-Columns
  5. 5. Organizing Your Notes It is helpful to keep notes separate from worksheets, handouts,and homework assignments. Your teacher may require you to keep a notebook or binderorganized in a certain manner. If so, do as your teacher asks;it will help you succeed in class. One possible way to organize your notebook is as follows: Use a 2-inch binder with three divider tabs. Put your syllabus in front of the first divider tab, so that it is thefirst thing you see when you open the binder. Label the first tab “Notes” and put all of your notes behind thistab. Label the second tab “Homework” and put all of yourhomework behind this tab, both before and after it iscompleted and graded. Label the third tab “Other” and put anything that doesn’t fit inthe other two tabs behind this one.
  6. 6. Using Your Notes…If you take notes and then never look atthem again, you’re wasting your time!After class, it is important to read over yournotes to review. As you read, highlight orunderline key details that you may haveforgotten or that may appear on the test.When a test is coming up, use your notes asa study guide or to make up your ownpractice test or quiz before the real thing.
  7. 7. Keeping Up With the Teacher This problem usually occurs when students are tryingto write down too much information. Try to write down main points, things that theteacher emphasizes, and anything the teacher tellsyou to write down. Consider recording the teacher’s lecture andtaking notes later, when you can pause and restart.(Ask the teacher for permission before you do this!)
  8. 8. Study Skills If you want to succeed in high school, youwill have to put forth the effort. You must set aside time to study and dohomework EVERY DAY. Believe it or not, you can spend less timestudying if you do the right things andhave a plan.
  9. 9. General Study Hints Review your notes each night, and then study for alonger period of time the night before a test. Maintain good attendance. If you want to do well in school, attendance is important. When you miss school, you miss important material that willbe on the test. It is your responsibility to get thatinformation. Participate in Class. Ask questions, make eye contact with the teacher, listen towhat’s going on, read the material Use Your Textbook and Other Materials Form Study Groups Stay Organized
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