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Reading, Listening, Making Notes

What is the underlying message in this reading?

Are there several messages?

Which do you think is the most important one?

How much of the reading simply outlines one individuals opinion?

How valid do you think that opinion is based on what you know about the person who has written the piece?

Was there anything that you disagreed with in the passage? If so, on what basis did you disagree?

Was there anything you didnt understand (a word or a reference or an argument) if so, what is that nature of that misunderstanding and how could you try to address it?

Are there any critical insights you can bring to the passage? What positive or negative assumptions has the writer adopted

Deciding in advance what your objectives are when youre listening to a tutor/lecturer or reading a piece of text can help to make your listening and your reading focused, effective and memorable

Taking Notes.. Vs Making Notes..

Clear Imprecise

Consistent Inconsistent

Accurate Specific Vague Inaccurate


Relevant Irrelevant

Listening and key effects of Body Language

Like many skills, your capacity to read becomes sharper and better the more you practise it.

The more you read, and the more you engage with complicated texts of all kinds, the more likely it will be that you will find it easier to stay on top of your course material and to get though your reading lists.

Key Tips for Note Taking

Look out for key signals and prompts.

Dont try to write everything down.

Make notes in order to summarise, question, capture,

and highlight key aspects of what youre taking in.


Key Tips for Note Taking

Remember that its also useful sometimes to put down your pen and just listen.


Why should you believe your teachers and lecturers?

Because they are more expert than you are?

Because theyve carried out research in the area that youre studying? Because they set the assessment and correct it?


When Michael Shermer (a leading American scientist) is asked by his students why they should believe him, he replies that they shouldnt ! The point is that your journey at university should be about working on becoming an investigative, self-directed, empowered learner.

You need to check things out for yourself or at least to ask as many questions as possible that will help you get to the bottom of any claim that is made inside or indeed outside of a classroom.


Digging Deeper
How reliable is the source of the claim?

Have the claims been verified by another separate source?

How does the claim fit with other knowledge about how the world works? Has anyone gone out of their way to disprove the claim, or has only supportive evidence been sought? Is there other evidence out there that points to a different conclusion or counterclaim?