Effective Note-TakingPresenter: Dr Mohammed HaroonRashid
Why take Notes?R EMEMBERE XAMINEP REPAREO RGANIZER EVIEWT HINKWriting is agreat tool forlearning!
5 C’s of Note-Taking Take Charge of Your Lectures Concentrate and Focus on theMaterial Listen Critically Connect and Capture Key Ideas
Take Charge of Your Lectures Commit to Class Pre-read material to becovered before class Identify areas that aredifficult to understand Arrive to class early andreview notes from theprevious class period
CONCENTRATEand focus on the material!!!Beware of Distractions Talking Daydreaming & Doodling Worrying
Listen Critically Be Ready for the Message Listen to Main Concepts Listen for New Ideas Ask Questions
Connect and Capture Key Ideas Identify key words, themes and main points Relate Details to the Main Point Listen for Clues Note when a topic comes up more than once Transition words signal the change in topics or new keypoints“In contrast to”“Let’s move on”“This will be on the next exam”“You will see this again”This one for sure!This one for sure!
Choose the Note-Taking Stylethat’s Just Right for You!Use any strategy thatwill help the keyideas stand out toyou!!
The Outline Method Use headings andsubheadingsfollowed by coursematerial Easiest methodwith organizedlecturesFormalFormalOutlineOutlineInformalInformalOutlineOutline
The Cornell Method Divide your notepaper bydrawing a vertical line 2inches from the left margin. On the right side, take yournotes from class. On the left side, write key words questions comments Examples On the bottom, write asummary These will make your workeasier to review later Test yourself by identifyingthe lecture material on theright , prompted by yourcomments on the left.
The Paragraph Method Often works best when alot of notes are given in ashort period of time andthe instructor is a fasttalker or the lecture isdisorganized. Listen critically forimportant facts. Create your own summaryof what has beenpresented. Write down summary inyour own words.Did youDid yougetgetthat?that?No, we’dNo, we’dbetterbettersummarize!summarize!
The Fishbone Diagram The Problem or outcomeis printed in the “head”of the fish. Identify the primaryfactors and connect asribs to the backbone. Elaborate each rib withthe details related to theprimary factor.
The Mind Map Method A mind map is adiagram used torepresent words, ideas,tasks or other itemslinked to and arrangedradially around a centralkey word or idea. It isused to generate,visualize, structure andclassify ideas, and as anaid in study,organization, problemsolving, and decisionmaking.
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Other Note-Taking Tips Always date your notes! Paraphrase your notes! For Lectures with fast talkers, considerwriting in cursive or tape recording. Use Abbreviations! Be Organized! Evaluate your note-taking style strategyregularly!