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Note Taking and Study Skills. Presented By New Student Advisement & Retention( STARS) Center. Note Taking Tips 3 Essential Steps. Observe Record Review . Observe. Eyes of Professor – glances at notes then makes point – this signals that info is important. Level of interest/animation

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note taking and study skills

Note Taking and Study Skills

Presented By

New Student Advisement & Retention( STARS) Center

  • Eyes of Professor – glances at notes then makes point – this signals that info is important.
  • Level of interest/animation
  • Repetition to emphasize point
  • Word clues :lists, conclusion, on the other hand
Pauses before/after an idea

Writes an idea on board or uses overhead projector

Transitions from one point to the next

Changes in voice inflection

Word signals…enumeration of series of points

Big deep breaths

record decide on a system of note taking
RecordDecide on a system of note taking:
  • Cornell Method – (see handout)
  • Record notes in “note taking” section
  • Leave “Recall Section” for key words and phrases

B. Index Cards: 3*5

  • Label and date all notes
  • New card for each topic/theme/idea/concept
  • Organize cards ASAP!
C. Outline Form

Illustrates relationship between major points and supporting ideas

You are recording info as well as organizing them (see example in handout)

  • In first “top”level headings note major topic presented in lecture or reading or lecture
  • In third level headings, record specific facts and details that support or explain second level info.
  • In second level heading record key points that relate to each topic in first level headings
D. Key Words (or phrases)
  • Contain the essence of the lecture or reading
  • Includes technical terms/names/numbers etc.
  • Builds associations with other words and ideas
  • Key words trigger memory… they are powerful review tools
  • A few key words can initiate the recall of a whole group of ideas and reconstruct an entire lecture
e paragraph form
E. Paragraph Form
  • When it is difficult to follow organization of lecture or to put info into outline form
  • Paragraph will be informal and contain few complete sentences
  • Use complete sentences for precise definition, direct quotations and important points that Prof. emphasizes.
note taking tips
Note Taking Tips
  • Note taking is a “think as you write” process (not stenography)
  • Eliminate some small connecting words and pronouns
  • Use standard abbreviations/use symbols (see handout)
  • Leave room for questions and missing info. e.g.( ? )
Note Taking Tips cont’d
  • Copy all information from board
  • Preference for three ring binder/loose leaf, enables you to:
  • spread out notes for easy review
  • insert class handouts
  • insert notes from class in correct order
  • easily make revisions/corrections/additions
  • Take notes on one side of paper.. able to spread sheets side by side for easy review
note taking tips cont d
Keep your own comments/notes separate.. Avoid confusion with professor’s

Label, number and date all notes

Leave blank spaces…use later to clarify notes/pts enabling you to add materials/write questions

Take notes in different colors .e.g. write important points in red

Note Taking Tips cont’d
  • Within the first 24 hrs or sooner
  • Edit notes as soon as possible while its fresh in your memory
  • Fill in key words (Cornell’s method) from lecture notes
  • Use recall column
  • reduces forgetting
Use recall column cont’d
  • Promotes understanding
  • Warm up for classes
  • Important help for tests
  • Treat as exam preparation
three types of reviews
Three Types of Reviews
  • Daily Reviews
  • Weekly Reviews
  • Major Reviews
daily reviews
Daily Reviews
  • Short pre and post class reviews of lecture notes
  • Before you begin a new reading assignment, scan notes and underlined sections in previous assignments
  • Concentrate on two kinds of material

a. materials just learned

b. materials that involve simple

memorization .e.g. definitions and dates

Daily Reviews Cont’d
  • Conduct short daily reviews several times throughout the day...index cards a must!!!
  • Begin to review the first day of class!
  • Go over notes during a lull in class
  • Immediately after class review notes again
weekly reviews
Weekly Reviews
  • Longer (about an hour per subject) and more structured
  • Review each subject at least once a week
  • Weekly review sessions of assigned reading and lecture notes
major reviews
Major Reviews
  • Usually conducted the week before finals or major exams
  • Longer review periods...two to five hours at a stretch with breaks
  • Breaks required for effective review of materials
  • During long sessions, study the most difficult subjects at the beginning of the session.. when you are most alert
note taking is important
Note Taking Is Important
  • It helps you to remember the information
  • It helps you to prepare for tests
  • It helps you to concentrate in class
  • Your notes are a good source of information as it indicates all the important points
  • Your notes often contain information that cannot be found elsewhere
study techniques
  • Be aware of your time, choose the best time to study and stick to it
  • Study difficult subject first (why?)
  • Use “waiting” time effectively...waiting for the bus, the dentist, between classes
  • Use regular study area day after day...your body and mind knows where you are
study techniques cont d
Study Techniques cont’d.
  • Study where you will be alert!...Don't study where you sleep!!
  • Use the gives you a signal to quiet the mind and get to work
  • Be mindful of your ability to focus...notice the interruptions, let them go and continue to study
study techniques cont d23
Study Techniques cont’d.
  • Agree with other individuals (family or others) about study time
  • Get off the phone, utilize the answering machine. Don’t be a phone victim!
  • Hang a “do not disturb” sign on your door, beware of repeat offenders
please complete the evaluation handout
Please complete the evaluation handout...

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