Note Taking Tips for Incoming Freshmen at UIC Honors College


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Note Taking Tips for Incoming Freshmen at UIC Honors College

  1. 1. Orientation: University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College Gwyn Garrison Intern, UIC Honors College Note-Taking Tips
  2. 2. Note takers can typically only jot down 25 of the 125 words the average college professor speaks in a minute. Overall …  Class formats are mostly large lectures, where it is the student’s responsibility to take detailed notes. *You should be writing for most of the lecture – the more notes you have, the better you can recall the lecture*  It will be going fast, but don’t stress about writing every word down – you want to get down the main points.  Work to capture major themes, points, keywords, and ideas of the lecture.  This will help you recall the lecture, connect the lecture to your reading, and solve related problems when you are studying.  It will take the professor longer to get to a point than you might have experienced in high school. Themes can often be discussed over 5-10-15 minutes.
  3. 3. Methods of Note-Taking: Indent Method  While the professor is lecturing, write down topics as bullet-points, then indent each subtopic/key point under headings.  Setting off subordinate points.
  4. 4. Indent Method Example Psychology Class - History of Psychology - Sigmund Freud - Father of psychoanalysis - Developed therapeutic techniques such as free association - Discovered transference - Wilhelm Wundt - “Father of experimental psychology” - System described as Structuralism - Breaks consciousness down into essential feelings - Goals of Psychology - 1. Describe - Gather data - 2. Explain - Generate theories - 2. Predict - Use theories - 4. Influence - Generate change
  5. 5. Methods of Note-Taking: Abbreviated Format  Looks somewhat like the Indent Method, but compiles all bulletpoints into chunks of text.
  6. 6. Abbreviated Format Example Philosophy Class  Thales – first western philosopher – search for first principles of metaphysics – reductionist who thought everything was made of water.  Plato – Greek philosopher – pupil of Socrates – lived 427-347 B.C. – believed in the separation of the mind and sense perceived world – in early dialogues believed in anamnesis (we forgot all that we once knew as souls) – knowledge is gained through power of reasoning.
  7. 7. Methods of Note-Taking: Professor’s PowerPoint  The professor’s PowerPoint is usually very top- line, limited information: really just an outline to help guide the professor’s discussion.  Bullet-points are usually the keys to the important topics.  You can use it to take notes if you print it out in advance.
  8. 8. Professor’ s PowerPoin t: Example
  9. 9. Math Format Example
  10. 10. Tips for Note-taking in Math classes  Often, students put down their pens when the professor stops writing on the board.  Instead, you should keep writing!!: Make sure to write down their explanation.  Get down the explanation that goes with what's on the board, like "factor out the y." Write out a reason for each step of the problem as it was done on the board.  If your professor moves so fast you can't get both the board material and the explanation, leave large blank spaces in your notes. Then, as soon as possible after class (math students say twenty-four hours is too long to wait to go over math notes), write additional explanations for each step of a problem so you will be able to understand it when you study for exams. Number and list all the steps in each problem or process so you can understand and learn them quickly.
  11. 11. Method of Reviewing Notes after class or reading (or, if you’re feeling fancy …)
  12. 12. Method to Review Notes: Cornell Method
  13. 13. Cornell Method Example History Class
  14. 14. Note Taking Exercise  Nathan Wolfe: “What’s Left to Explore?”  ft_to_explore.html  How do my lecture notes compare with yours?