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									and improve your academic progress
Students who take great notes and use them
  effectively, retain more information, receive
  higher test scores and better grades.

Students can forget up to half of the
  information from a class lecture when they do
  not review their notes soon after class.

Consider the following tips to help you take
 more effective notes.
   Sit up front or away from distractions

   Write your notes clearly and neatly

   Ask questions if you do not understand

   Review your notes soon after taking them

   Compare notes with others
   Start each set of notes on a new page

   At the top, write the course name, date, topic

   Include page numbers, to keep notes in order

   If you are taking reading notes, include page
    numbers in your notes from passages or
   Keep a separate notebook for each class

   Keep class notes and reading notes for each
    class together in a folder or binder

   Organize your notes so it is easy to find them
    to review each week

   Review notes each day or at least each week
   Neaten up messy handwriting

   Fill in blanks if you missed something

   Add detail to anything that might be unclear

   Underline or highlight important points or
    important terms

   Getting your notes in good shape while
    they’re fresh in your mind is your best chance
    for understanding and remembering them.
   Review your notes soon after you take notes to
    help reinforce what you have learned.

   Review soon after class, on the same day, when
    the lecture is still fresh in your mind.

   You may want to review with a study partner or
    study group and compare notes.

   Remember, reviewing is not just re-reading your
    notes. Make it meaningful to you.
   The more ways you work with information,
    the better you'll know it and remember it.
   Summarize points in your own words
   Quiz yourself
   Try to predict test questions
   Recite answers aloud if possible
   Map or chart, to think about how all the
    information relates
   Record: Write down the meaningful facts and
    ideas, writing legibly
   Reduce: Summarize the facts and ideas to clarify
    meaning and relationships, this helps with memory
   Recite: Cover your notes, and try to recall the facts
    and ideas, make it meaningful to you
   Reflect: re-examine your notes throughout the
    semester, relating previous info with new info
   Review: spend just a few minutes each week
    reviewing notes to improve memory and ensure
    success on exams
Taking Reading Notes
   Complete reading assignments on time.
   While reading, write down key facts to help
    prepare for class.
   While reading, write down any questions or
    thoughts you may have, and note anything
    that your don’t understand.
   Share your questions and comments in class,
    or see the teacher before or after class.
   While reading, highlight just the key words,
    main points, names (if highlighting is
    permitted in your book or materials).
   Skim: identify purpose, focus on key terms,
    words in bold or italics, and summaries, look
    at pictures and graphics, read captions.
   Read a section at a time: look for main points
    and supporting statements, important facts,
    dates, names, lists. Write down any questions
    that come up.
   Review: Take what you have read and
    summarize it in your own words, explain to
    yourself what graphics show, answer your
    study questions, and quiz yourself.
   S = Survey
    ◦ Read the title, the introduction, and headings
    ◦ Look at graphics and captions
    ◦ Read the conclusion or summary

   Q = Question
    ◦ Based on the title or heading, write a question using
      who, what, when, why, or how.
   The 4 Rs: Read, Recite, Record, Review
    ◦ Read the entire selection. As you read, look for
      answers to your questions
    ◦ Reciting helps you remember what you read. After
      each section, recite the answer to your question
      aloud and in your own words
    ◦ Record the information you’ll need to know. Write
      down the answers to your questions and any
      important information
    ◦ Review the whole reading, reread your notes, or
      redo them in another form. Quiz yourself. Review
      your notes later on, to help you remember.
Taking Class Notes
   Being present and participating in class helps
    you get the most out of class time.

   Arrive on time and stay the whole time
    ◦ Don’t arrive late or leave early

   Actively listening and taking notes helps you
    stay more interested, remember more, and
    study for tests more effectively.
   Avoid distractions
    ◦ Sit near the front, or near the instructor
    ◦ Turn off your cell phone, and other electronics

   Interact with the material and the teacher
    ◦ Make a notation if you have a question or comment
    ◦ Ask questions or share thoughts
    ◦ Ask teachers to clarify, or pause if you need more
      time to finish writing notes.
   Listen to everything, but don’t write down
   Write down main ideas
   Write down important facts and details
   Look for clues from the teacher:
    ◦ gestures, expressions, eye contact, notes on the
      board, demonstrations, graphics
    ◦ “this is important,” “remember,” “pay attention to,”
      “on the test,” or use of emphasis on certain words
      or phrases
Note-Taking Methods
   Write a card for each fact

   Write a question on the front of the card

   Write the answer on the back of the card

   Quiz yourself

   “Teach” someone else
      Great Lakes:
       Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior

   Roy G. Biv
      Colors of the rainbow:
       Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
   My very educated mother just sent us nine
    ◦ Order of planets:
      Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

   King Phillip crawled over four giant stumps.
    ◦ Biological classification:
      Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
These help create associations to help with
 memory and recall.

Try creating images that are colorful and out of the
 ordinary. This mental picture uses rhymes as

   Picture a yellow beehive [5] with two [2]
    entrances, one where eight [8] bees wait and the
    other where zero [0] bees wait.
    ◦ There are 5,280 feet in a mile
   Use symbols and abbreviations:
    ◦   write beginnings of words
    ◦   leave out small words like “a” and “the”
    ◦   leave out vowels (you cn stll rd thm!)
    ◦   just make sure you can understand your notes later
    ◦   Examples:
            w/o     without
            ex      for example
            b/c     because
            conc.   conclusion
            >       greater than
   Condense and summarize notes to make them
    easy to review and study
   Draw lines on your paper to divide the paper
    into thirds
2 ½” Recall
Column: Write                       6” Main Note-Taking
key words and                       Space: Write notes
questions here.                     here as you normally
These are recall                    do, and review asap.
clues. Quiz
yourself using
these clues.
                              2” Summary Space: Use
                              this space to write a
                              brief summary of notes.
   Indent to show main points, sub-points, and
    relevant details
   Start each main point at the left
   Indent details under each main point
   Indent again for additional points or details
   Use Roman numerals, capital or lower case
    letters, numbers, etc.
   Combine strategies like using abbreviations
The Water Cycle (WC) – April 9
 I. Water on Earth now = all ever had, ever
     will. Same water moves through WC
 II. WC = continuous – no beginning/end
 III. WC cmplx, but 4 main stages
             *could strt by tlkng abt any stage
      A. Storage
 B. Vapor
 C. Condensation (=clouds)
 D. Precipitation
      1. Rain
      2. Snow
   See the big picture and how all the pieces relate.
   Try color coding, making main point one color
    and sub-points another color.

    Sit near the                          Study
        front      Participate            buddy
                    in class
                                                          Use a
       Ask                       Study                   calendar
     questions                   Habits       Stay
                                                        Take great
                      Get enough                          notes
                         sleep             Color code
  Theory       Psychologist                       Topics
 Cognitive        Piaget      Memory, intelligence, perceptions
 Behavioral      Skinner      Conditioning, stimuli, rewards
Development       Freud       Id, Ego, Superego

              Caterpillar                       water             Evaporation


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   http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/college-

   http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/notes.html

   http://www.how-to-study.com/study-

   http://www.testtakingtips.com/note/index.htm

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