Effective Note-Taking Skills How to be Successful in Honors Elements of Literature
Your Notebook Requirements: • You need a 3-ring notebook for this class. (no spiral or bound books) • 5 sections • Journal • Notes • Homework • Classwork • Miscellaneous • You need dividers between these sections
Taking good notes can determine how well you do in a class • Always come to class prepared. • No notebook = TARDY • 3-ring binders allow easy insert or removal of documents. • Highlight and underline key concepts/ideas stressed by teacher. • Read assigned material and note material you do not understand: • Vocabulary • Concepts
Bring your listening ears! • When you walk through the door to any classroom, prepare yourself to listen attentively and with a positive attitude! • Pay attention to emphasis: • “This is an important concept…” • “You need to understand this…”
Develop a Note-Taking System that Works for YOU. • Always date each page. • Sequence of material is important. • Leave space. • Keep your notes as brief as possible. • Note difficult vocabulary and concepts so that you can follow up. • Always try to put content in your own words. • Your notes will make more sense to you this way.
Pay Attention to Content • Knowing what and how much to write is difficult; Keep these tips in mind: • Details, facts, or explanations that expand or explain the main points that are mentioned. • Do not forget examples. • Definitions, word for word. • Lists of things that are discussed. • Material written on the board or on a transparency, including drawings or charts. • Information that is repeated or spelled out.
Review and Edit Notes • Review notes within 24 hours. • Edit or write out words that are unclear. • Compare to textbook. • Consider rewriting or typing notes. • Note anything you do not understand. • Highlight
The Cornell Method The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes without laborious recopying. After writing the notes in the main space, use the left-hand space to label each idea and detail with a key word or "cue." The Outlining Method Irony: Contrast between expectation and reality. Difference between what is said and what is really meant. Verbal Irony “The Cask of Amontillado” Situational A firehouse catching on fire. Dramatic “Romeo and Juliet” Note-Taking Methods:
Note-Taking Methods con’t: Mapping Method:
Works Cited Dietsche, Vivinette K. “Top 5 Tips for Effective Note-Taking.” Dennis G. Jerz Teaching Website. 13 Dec. 2000. Seton Hall University. 27 Sept. 2008. http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic/notes-tips.htm