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Taking Notes and Outlining . Two tools that improve Student Success. Why Take Notes?. To remember important information Study material for future exams Interacting with the material turns information into knowledge It improves your success as a student. When to Take Notes.

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taking notes and outlining

Taking Notes and Outlining

Two tools that improve

Student Success

why take notes
Why Take Notes?
  • To remember important information
  • Study material for future exams
  • Interacting with the material turns information into knowledge
  • It improves your success as a student
when to take notes
When to Take Notes
  • You read or study a textbook
  • Your instructor is lecturing or gives you important information: test dates, test review topics, extra credit opportunities
  • You watch a video in class or for class
coming to class prepared
Coming to Class Prepared
  • Have you read/studied the material?
  • Did you bring your textbook(s)?
  • Do you have note paper and pen?
  • Is your mind-set ready for class?
active listening in class
Active Listening in Class
  • Active listening means you are involved !
  • Keep your mind on what is being said
  • Notice if anything is written on the board
  • Pay attention to instructor’s verbal clues
  • Don’t be using your cell phone
  • Avoid side conversations
what should i write
What should I write?
  • Everything written on the board
  • Anything the instructor clues you on
  • Whatever else you sense is important
  • Key words and terms
  • Don’t attempt to capture every word
  • Abbreviations (even ones you make up)
brainstorming from your notes
Brainstorming from your Notes
  • Organize your notes in a linear form
  • Not every instructor lectures linearly
  • Prioritize the major key points
  • Make sense so you understand them
why transcribe my notes
Why Transcribe My Notes?
  • Make them clear and understandable while they are fresh in your mind
  • Use a computer – saves them for you
  • Put them in an organized or outline form
  • Helps you remember the material
  • Creates your “study guide” for exams
outlining
Outlining
  • A good way to organize material
    • You may see questions you have not asked yet
    • Missing information may be evident
    • Lays out the main ideas and supporting material
  • Outlines show the relative importance of key points and how they connect to one another
kinds of things to outline
Kinds of Things to Outline
  • Many sources to create outlines from:
    • Lectures, video, or audio presentations
    • Key notes from your textbook
    • Notes from research sources
an outline consists of
An Outline Consists of:
  • Usually a combination of Roman numerals, alphabetic characters, and Arabic numbers
  • The main point or heading is in Roman numerals, such as I, II, III, IV
  • Important sub-points will be labeled with capital letters, such as A, B, C
  • Supporting details will be recorded with numbers, such as 1, 2, 3, 4 (Arabic numbers)
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Outline Example

I. Introduction – topics we are covering today

II. Why Take Notes?

A. remember important information B. study material for future exams

C. turns information into knowledge

III. When to Take Notes

A. textbook B. lectures C. videos and other presentations

IV. What should I write?

A. anything written on the board

B. instructor clues

C. key words and termsD. Don’t attempt to write every word 1. only key points 2. use abbreviations

V. Formal Outline format

A. general outline format

B. Specific example (this one)

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