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  1. Note Taking Kathleen High

  2. Fundamentals • Observe • Record • Review

  3. Observing involves: • Set the stage • “Be here now” in class • Watch for clues

  4. Set the Stage • Complete outside assignments • Bring the right materials • Sit front and center • Conduct a short pre-class review • Clarify your intentions

  5. “Be here now” in class • Accept your wandering mind • Notice your writing • Be with the instructor • Notice your environment • Postpone debate • Let go of judgments about lecture styles • Participate in class activities • Relate class to your goals • Think critically about what you hear

  6. Watch for clues • Be alert to repetition • Listen for introductory, concluding, and transition words and phrases • Watch the board or overhead projector • Watch the instructor’s eyes • Highlight the obvious clues • Notice the instructor’s interest level

  7. Record - Common types of note taking • Cornell format • Mind maps • Outline format • Paragraph format

  8. Record - Additional hints • Use only key words • Use pictures and diagrams • Copy material from the board • Use a three-ring binder • Use only one side of paper

  9. Record - Additional hints (con’t) • Use 3 x 5 cards • Keep your own thoughts separate • Use an “I’m lost” signal • Label, number and date all notes • Use standard abbreviations

  10. Record - Additional hints (con’t) • Leave blank space • Use tape recorders effectively • Use complete sentences when material is important • Take notes in different colors • Use graphic signals

  11. Review • Review within 24 hours • Edit notes • Fill in key words in the left-hand corner • Use your key words as clues to recite • Conduct short weekly review periods • Consider typing up your notes • Create mind map summaries

  12. Your turn to teach! • When instructors talk fast • Taking notes while reading • Improve your handwriting • Journal writing • Create your instructor