Effective Note Taking

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Effective Note Taking

  1. 1. Effective Note Taking Chapter 4
  2. 2. Five Important Reasons to Take Notes 1. It triggers basic lecturing processes and helps you to remember information. 2. It helps you to concentrate in class. 3. It helps you prepare for tests. 4. Your notes are often a source of valuable clues for what information the instructor thinks most important (i.e., what will show up on the next test). 5. Your notes often contain information that cannot be found elsewhere (i.e., in your textbook).
  3. 3. Guidelines for Note-Taking 1. Concentrate on the lecture or on the reading material. 2. Take notes consistently. 3. Take notes selectively. Do NOT try to write down every word. Remember that the average lecturer speaks approximately 125- 140 words per minute, and the average note-taker writes at a rate of about 25 words per minute.
  4. 4. Continued… 4. Write legibly. Notes are useless if you cannot read them later! 5. Don't be concerned with spelling and grammar. 6. Don't be concerned with spelling and grammar.
  5. 5. Tips for Finding Major Points in Lectures The speaker is usually making an important point if he or she: Pauses before or after an idea. Uses repetition to emphasize a point. Uses introductory phrases to precede an important idea. Writes an idea on the board.
  6. 6. Forms of Note-Taking • Outlining I. Topic sentence or main idea A. Major points providing information about topic 1. Sub-point that describes the major point a. Supporting detail for the sub-point • Patterning: flowcharts, diagrams • Listing, margin notes, highlighting
  7. 7. Examples • Clustering • Conversational Roundtable • Cornell Notes • Episodic Notes • Hierarchial Notes • Inference Notes • Interactive Notes
  8. 8. Assignment • Use Cornell Method in your classes for the next week. We will discuss your opinions of the technique next Friday.

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