Note-taking and Note-making.Materials developed by the Learner Development Unitat the University of Bradford
Objectives: identify why note-taking is important distinguish between note-taking and note-making recognise different ways of taking effective notes
Why? Active Learning!Actively engage with your source by participating in:1. Summary2. Memory3. Revision4. Concentration
What is taking notes? The Magic Four!1. Summary – creates an overview of an entire topic by the end of it2. Memory –writing it down helps you retain the information3. Revision – allows you to refine and improve your understanding4. Concentration –being active, rather than passive, requires and preventsdistraction and accommodates concentration
Active Listening and Reading ComponentsPrepare Yourself Sit up straight, have your sources andmaterials handy, be mentally ready to INTERACT with thesource without distractions or disruptions.Make Good Decisions What’s the point of this source? What isimportant to record? Why? How should you do it?Hearing/Seeing is More than Listening/Looking Even if thesource is boring, biased, unattractive, etc., acquire theinformation neededPatterns Discover patterns of organization and emphasis
Key ComponentJOT IT DOWN. Some people make copiousnotes, others merely need a few keyphrases. Even strong auditory learnersneed something to aid their memory. Themessage is, don’t just sit there reading orlistening – record something.
Note-taking versus Note-making.It’s simple!Note-taking is recording key information from anothersourceNote-making returning to those notes to annotate,put things into your own words, summarize andhighlight, and add your ideas and impressions to theinformation
Types of Notes:Linear, Visual or Voiced Linear: typical classroom notes written in words Visual: images, shapes, colors, and other expressions without focus onwords Voiced: audio-recorded sources and responses to the source
Linear Note-Taking ComponentsCreate a specific template which you follow for all of your notes. Itshould include:1. Title: source and date2. Purpose of your notes: Why do you want to learn this?3. Purpose and Background of Source Information4. Main points, examples, and evidence (this is the big part)5. Questions raised by the source
Voiced (or Audio) Notes Helps reinforce learning and aids auditory learners Use any technology that records but does not distract others.Lectures and Lessons Record a lecture and play it back later. Then record your own notes of what you remember from what you haveheard and compare with the original source.Texts Take pictures or download files of sources to use outside the classroom. Besure this is okay with the creator and presenter of the source.
Note-Taking / Note-MakingNote Taking Note MakingAs you learn from the source, take noteshere!After you have finished learning, makenotes here!(review Slide 7)