Taking Effective Notes

Kristin Bouton Intensive English Institute University of Illinois

.Why Take Good Notes? •  Helps you remember the lecture –  47% forgotten in 20 minutes –  62% forgotten after the first day •  Helps you concentrate on the lecture •  Helps you organize the information you are learning.

Today s Tips •  Be prepared for class •  Evaluate what you are listening to •  Use good notetaking strategies •  Use the Cornell Method •  Review your notes after class .

•  Go to class with a good attitude •  Find a note buddy or study group . •  Read assigned materials and previous class notes.Be Prepared for Class •  Use a three ring binder for your notes •  Bring extra pens and highlighters to class.

Opinions.Evaluate what you are listening to •  Try to figure out the lecture s organization •  Determine which information is important and which is not –  Major points. Examples •  Use the strategies we have been learning about . Facts.

summarize the lecturer s ideas •  Use shortcuts: Abbreviations.Good In-class Note Taking Strategies •  Date your notes and start on a new page •  Don t write word for word. and drawings . Symbols.

•  Don t just write what the teacher puts on the board or handout. highlighters.Good In-class Note Taking Strategies •  Use different color pens. size of writing etc. . •  Leave gaps or a ??? for missed information.

. •  The Left column: Add topic changes and cues after the lectures.The Cornell Method •  Create a 2 1/2 inch margin on the left of your paper •  The Right column: Take most of your notes here.

The Cornell Method •  Advantages: –  Organized and systematic –  Easy format to use –  Easy to study from later •  Disadvantages: None .

.After Class •  Reread your notes to be sure you understand them •  Note unfamiliar vocabulary •  Fill in gaps in your notes •  Rewrite your notes •  Compare notes with your study group •  Ask teacher about problem areas.

Notetaking doesn t have to be a problem! •  Very important for your academic life •  Not out of your reach –  Go to class prepared –  Use good strategies –  Review after class .

Charles Kettering American Electrical Engineer and Inventor .Hearing something once is not the same as understanding it.

html .systems.sas.htm •  Note taking Systems http://www.edu/writing/academic/notes-tips.ac.uk/dll/studyskills/ note_taking_skills.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.ex.References •  Top five tips for effective note-taking http://jerz.setonhill.htm •  Note taking skills from lectures and readings http://www.education.calpoly.

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