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  1. Note Taking styles for students H S 101

  2. Study Skills - Mind Map http://education.exeter.ac.uk/dll/studyskills/note_taking_skills.htm High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  3. Why Take Notes? • Forces you to listen carefully • Notes indicate important points • Helps you to remember material • Improve study skills and work habits High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  4. Note Taking - Suggestions • Keep notes brief • Put notes in your own words • Use outline form, numbering systems, or indentations • Missed information: write key words and go back • Leave space on page to organize notes later • Date and number pages • Review your notes, ask questions and study again High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  5. What To Write? • Listen for Instructor Clues • Info written on board • Repetition • Emphasis • Word signals • Loudness of voice • Reviews at beginning of class • Summaries at end of class High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  6. Some Popular Note-Taking Methods • The Cornell Method • The Outline Method • The Mapping Method • The Charting Method • The Sentence Method High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  7. The Cornell Method • Provides a systematic format to organize notes • Does not require you to recopy notes • Uses an extended left-hand margin space of 2” • Label ideas with specific key words • To review: • Cover the right side and read the clue. • Recite everything you can about the topic High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  8. Advantages • Organized system • Easy format to review main points • Simple and efficient • Saves time • “Do it right the first time” High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  9. Cornell Method - Example Note- taking Column High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  10. Cornell Method – Another Example Note- taking Column High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  11. The Outline Method • General information begins on the left • More specific facts indented to the right • Relationship of parts are indented • No numbers, letters or Roman numerals needed High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  12. Outline Method - Advantages • Well organized system, if done correctly • Visually demonstrates important points and supporting info • Easy to review as a study guide • Reduces note-editing time High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  13. Outline Method - Example Extrasensory perception • Definition: means of perceiving without use of sense organs • Three kinds • telepathy: sending messages • clairvoyance: forecasting the future • psychokinesis: perceiving events external to situation • Current status • no current research to support or refute • few psychologists say impossible High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  14. Mapping Method • Uses comprehension/concentration skills • Evolves in a note taking form • relates each fact or idea to every other fact or idea • Graphic representation of the content of a lecture High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  15. Mapping Method - Advantages • Helps you to visually track your lecture regardless of conditions • Little thinking is needed and relationships can easily be seen • Easy to edit your notes by adding numbers, marks, and color coding. • Good for reviewing • restructure thought processes which will force you to check understanding. • cover lines for memory drill and relationships • main points can be written on flash or note cards and pieced together into a table or larger structure at a later date High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  16. Mapping Method - Example High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  17. Charting Method • Use for chronological lectures • Draw columns, labeling appropriate headings in a table •  Determine the categories to be covered in lecture • Set up your paper in advance by columns categories • As you listen to the lecture, record information (words, phrases, main ideas, etc.) into the appropriate category High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  18. Charting Method - Advantages • Helps you track conversations and dialogues where you might normally be confused • Reduces amount of writing necessary • Provides easy review mechanism for • Memorization of facts • Study of comparisons & relationships High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  19. Chart Method - Example High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  20. Sentence Method • Write every new thought, fact or topic on a separate line, numbering as you progress. High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  21. Sentence Method - Advantages • Slightly more organized than the paragraph • Gets more or all of the information • Thinking to tract content is still limited High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  22. Sentence Method - Example The lecture (what’s said): A revolution is any occurrence that affects other aspects of life, such as economic life, social life, and so forth. Therefore revolutions cause change. (See page 29-30 in your text about this.) The Notes: Revolution – occurrence that affects other aspects of life: e.g., econ., socl. Etc. C.f. text, pp. 29-30 High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  23. Credits • http://www.sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetakingsystem.doc • http://education.exeter.ac.uk/dll/studyskills/note_taking_skills.htm • http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/notes.html • http://www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/general/notetaking3.html High School 101 – Note Taking Skills

  24. Group Activity • Discuss and review note taking lessons we just learned • Compare and share your thoughts and “best practices” on your own note-taking • Consider how you will revise and edit your own note-taking style • Submit a summary of the group comments at end of class • Make sure your names are all on the paper, so all your group receives High School 101 – Note Taking Skills