Introduction to Note Taking Developed by CTLM The
Introduction to Note Taking ) Developed by: CTLM “The only voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ” Marcel Proust
Think about these … 1. If there are 7 months that have 31 days in them and 11 months that have 30 days in them, how many months have 28 days in them? 2. What is boiled then cooled, sweetened then soured?
ANSWERS: 1. If there are 7 months that have 31 days in them and 11 months that have 30 days in them, how many months have 28 days in them? 12 2. What is boiled then cooled, sweetened then soured? Iced tea with lemon
Sometimes we sit in classes and we just don’t know what the answers are to the questions they are asking and sometimes the lecturer will not seem to make any sense … how will we remember? Choices!
Put the letters in the right order to make words 1. lamande 2. vesiunrty 3. teno 4. aktngi Not easy when you do not have any context!
ANSWERS 1. Mandela 2. University 3. Note 4. Taking
Why take notes? Note taking helps us to make sense of what is being taught to us by our lecturers. http: //sarahstaff. blogspot. com/
Good reasons to take notes! Saves time Stay organised Helps to remember important facts Helps to concentrate
Overview of Study process Make summaries Attend class -Take notes Pre-read Learn work
Remember in note taking you need to: Have paper, pens at the lecture! Add date, module code, lecture title Number your pages Write neatly/legible and brief Source: educononline. com Have a Notebook / file in date order Try to use a phrase or just a word where possible Highlight all new terminology & unfamiliar vocab. Use your own words where possible Ask questions (who, what, when, where, why and how) Obtain missed info & correct notes after lectures
Note what is important Listen to the lecturer’s hints e. g. “remember this” Repetition Notes on the board / transparencies allfreelancewriting. com NB Organise your notes – be consistent
Barriers to Note-taking Not listening clearly The module/course Lack of Motivation Lack of Concentration Filing of information freeonlinecopeprep. blogspot. com
How to overcome barriers in note-taking Improve your listening skills by pre-reading and having question to help focus in the lecture Learn assertiveness to ask questions from lecturer Find out what de-motivates you and work out an action plan to address it Concentration problems: change study environment, away from distractions moodle. oconee. k 12. ga. us
5 R’s of Note-taking Record: Record legibly as many meaningful facts and ideas as you can. You can use mind-maps or a linear way, e. g. Cornell system Reduce: Summarise these facts and ideas as soon as possible (within 24 hours). Recite (Repeat): Repeat the facts and ideas of the lecture in your own words. You may then check what you have said. Reflect: Draw out opinions from your notes - it helps prevent ideas from being forgotten. Review: • Spend 10 minutes daily in quick review of your notes • Will help you retain most of what you have learned (Learning Assistance and Resource Centre, n. d).
What is mind-mapping? Useful way to take notes Enhances your creative problem solving t 2 tuk. co. uk Helps you to quickly identify and understand a subject, and the way that pieces of information fit together Useful if you need to organise many related ideas in such a way as to see how they all fit together. You first actively read your work; write the main topic in the centre; then decide on main and sub-topics.
The Cornell System 5 cm CUE COLUMN SOON AFTER LECTURES REDUCE YOUR NOTES TO MAIN POINTS (USE RECITING, REVIEWING AND REFLECTING STEPS) Establish lecturer's interest Attend all lectures Attend last lectures A 4 -page Home truths about lecturers: 1. Try to establish what topics of research or advanced study your lecturers are part of, especially if these also relate to your syllabus. Also be aware of any articles or books written by your lecturers and their areas of specialisation. 2. Try to attend all lectures - apart from the obvious academic advantage, it also creates an impression of you as a diligent student which may be to your advantage at some point in the course. 3. Attend the last lecture of every course - usually exam tips are given and lecturers tend to notice who is in the lecture. To get the best out of your lecturers, establish their interests; attend all lectures, specifically the last lecture. (Adapted from of : 2006) NOTE-TAKING AREA – TAKE NOTES HERE DURING LECTURES. SUMMARIES - SEE IF YOU CAN SUM UP EACH PAGE IN 1 OR 2 SENTENCES.
Remember there are workshops to support you! A Keys to success initiative Also visit the website: http: //keys. nmmu. ac. za/Home
Conclusion § Note-taking will help you be successful in your academic studies bisd. us
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