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					   Listening Skills
Successful Note Taking

Center for Academic Student
  AIM: Lina Maria Franco
              Listening Skills
• 50% is information that we recall
• 20-30% information is incorrect

• Passive vs. Active Listening
            Passive Listening
•   Aka: Bad listening
•   Not interested
•   Fake paying attention
•   Distracted/technology
•   “spacing out”
•   …..
           Active Listening
• Determine what the speaker is saying is
• Arrange it so you CAN hear
• Listen OPENLY, don’t let your emotions
  block out the noise
• L.I.S.T.E.N
• Lead- Be prepared mentally and physically
• Ideas- Focus only on the main ideas and
• Summarize- Summarize and create links
  between the ideas and concepts
• Talk- Ask questions for clarification or get
  involved by asking for specific examples
• End- Stay to the END to conclude your notes
• Notes- Review what you have learned after the
  lecture and before starting the next lecture
               Note Taking:
          Questions and Problems
•   What is Important?
•   Do I write down every word?
•   My Professor talks too fast!
•   Can I simply record the lecture?
•   Can’t I just print out the powerpoint?
         What is Important?
• Beginning and Ending, Definitions, Terms,
  Repeated information
• Emphasis on specific words
• Write notes about things that you don’t
  understand/confuse you
• Look for main ideas supported by bullets,
  listings, names and dates
• If you are still not sure, ask your professor
            Write it all Down?!
•   Do not write word for word. Be brief
•   Translate into your words/ short hand
•   Organize in a logical form and write legibly
•   Spelling/Grammar?

• Re-write your notes after class and add
  from other people’s notes
Recording Lectures & Print Outs

• Always ask!
• Are you REALLY going to have the time?
• Print outs help, BUT DON’T RELY on
• Refer back to the syllabus and class
            Lecture Notes

• L.I.S.T.E.N
• Are your questions answered?
• Personal notes- examples, stories, key
  words, abbreviations

• Cornell Method
• Outline
• Combo!
            Organizing Notes

•   Class, date, page #
•   Use symbols and abbreviations
•   Use
•   Edit/Rewrite/Add to your notes
                    More Tips
• Take Notes, Not Dictation
• Skip lines between points
  – Visual break
  – Fill in later
• Make sure YOU understand your notes!
Academic Insight Mentors (AIM) at Texas
    A&M University- Corpus Christi

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