As an aid in preparing for the final and in your regular person-to-person classes, please refer to the PDF below on note taking. After reading the PDF, make comments on the discussion board about one or two points you found useful or that you learned something new about note taking, and make a comment on a fellow student’s post.
In my case I have found more useful to take note in an outline pattern, i.e.
Note-Taking A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS
“The ability to take in information and
make it one’s own by processing it,
restructuring it, and then presenting it in
a form so that it can be understood by
others (or by oneself at a later point) is
one of those ‘basic skills’ that is useful
throughout life” (Cohen, Kim, Tan, &
Can we get it all?
Studies show 11% of a lecture is typically
captured in a first-year college student’s
Even the best students only capture 75%
of a lecture.
Can we remember it
The Good News
“Studies show that during a
20-minute lecture, you
retain approximately 70%
of what is presented in the
first 10 minutes.”
The Bad News
“You only retain 20% of
what is presented in the
last 10 minutes.”
“I don’t need to take
notes; I listen really
CAN YOU RECALL?
After hearing a lecture, studies show the
average student is able to recall:
50% after 1 day
35% after 1 week
20% after 2 weeks
Taking notes is critical!
The quality of notes taken
during a lecture has a
direct relationship to
retention of the material
“Researchers have found that if
important information is contained
in notes, it has a 34% chance of
being remembered. Information
not found in notes only has a 5%
chance of being remembered”
(Howe, 1970 as cited in Longman
& Atkinson, 1999).
Myth: “I just have to copy what my
teacher writes on the board.”
Reality: Not everything written on
the board is important.
– Review notes from other classes
– Clarify unclear points.
– Make notes easy to read.
– Underline key words.
– Connect important thoughts.
– Listen for key words/cues.
“The most important point…”
“The three ideas…”
– Request handouts of complicated
– Leave a space if you miss something.
– Within 24 hours, review, clarify,
– Do it again a week later, and then
a month later.
Having trouble taking
notes during class?
Talk to your instructor.
Have a great class!
Share these note-taking suggestions with your students: • Review notes from the previous class and assigned reading and ask the instructor to
clarify what doesn’t make sense. • Avoid writing too small and strive for easy readability. • Leave a generous left margin for rewriting important words and abbreviated key
content later. • Make key words, important relationships, and conclusions stand out. Underline,
highlight, box, or circle them. • Organize your notes according to the instructor’s words and phrases. Listen for
signal words such as “the following three…,” “the most important conclusion,” and “on the other hand.”
• Identify the most important points by watching for instructor cues: deliberate repetition, pauses, a slower speaking pace, a drop in pitch, a rise in interest or intensity, movement toward the class, displaying a slide, or writing on the board.
• Whenever possible, draw a picture or create a concept map or diagram. • Develop and use your own shorthand. • Try different pens until you find an instrument that glides smoothly and rapidly for
you. • If the instructor tends to speak or move from point to point too quickly, politely ask
him or her to slow down. • If you lose focus and miss part of a lecture, leave a space and ask a classmate, a
teaching assistant, or the instructor to help you fill in the blank. • Review, edit, clarify, and elaborate your notes within 24 hours of the lecture, again a
week later, and again a month later—even if for just a few minutes.
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- Successful Note-Taking
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