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Study Session 1: Take Note
Study Session 1: Take Note
  • Main Points:

  • Why take notes?

  • How take notes? focus on

    • Linear way

    • Spray diagram

3.1 Why take notes?
3.1 Why take notes?
  • understand

  • remember

  • explain

  • highlight the points that will be useful in an assignment

  • help you revise

  • reveal the underlying structure and arguments

3.2 Guidance on note taking
3.2 Guidance on note taking
  • They should be personal

  • They should have a purpose

  • They should be the length you want

  • They should make sense later

  • They should be readily available

3.6 Alternative ways to take notes
3.6 Alternative ways to take
  • Linear ways

  • A non-linear way is the ability to visualize the connections between different ideas:

    • Mind maps and Concept maps are used when developing your own ideas on a subject, for ex, when planning a report or essay.

    • Spray or spider diagram summaries ideas that other people have written or spoken- in other words they are ideal for note taking.

  • Spray Diagram

  • Figure 1 shows an example of a spray diagram about note taking. The core topic is shown in the circle in the centre of the

  • diagram. Main themes are linked by lines from the central

    circle. Some of these themes then have sub-themes that branch outwards. The points further from the centre are usually more detailed and specific than central topics.

    3.6 Alternative ways to take notes
    3.6 Alternative ways to take notes
    • Do Activities 1 and 2 for practice on linear and spray diagram ways

    3.6 Alternative ways to take notes  Do Activities 1 and 2 for practice on linear
    1 Communication between devices
    1 Communication between
    • 1.1 Getting an overview

    • This section starts with an article from a technical journal the sort that is read by academics and professionals working in a related technical field. It sets the scene for some of the technologies (that will be introduced

    later on in this part)

    Why Skimming?
    Why Skimming?
    • Getting a quick overview, if you are looking for specific info.

    • It’s easier to navigate on a journey you’ve travelled before.

    • Avoid taking passive approachthe outcome is a set of unconnected facts with very little coherence or structure

    • as you skim a text, questions will probably occur to you ‘what is the author is trying to say here?’

    ‘ what is the evidence for this’, ‘do I agree?’

    Seeking ans. To these questions will let you focus to your reading Using an active reading approachwith purpose

    1.2 Skimming to get an overview
    1.2 Skimming to get an
    • A well-structured document usually contains a number of clues about its contents. Skimming is the practice of finding and using these clues. These are:


    Visual clues such as doc. Title, headings,

    subheadings, figures and figures captions,


    words in boldface and italics, lists Verbal clues as intro., conc. Or summary

    and the first( or the last) sentence in the


    1.3 Skimming – an example
    1.3 Skimming – an example
    • We'll shortly be asking you to skim an article which appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of a journal called IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. ‘IEEE’ is usually referred to as ‘i-triple-e’ and stands ...

    • Do Activities 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to practice

    on skimming and then active reading.