note taking strategies by localh


									                                     Note taking strategies

Taking notes is a skill that is essential to master in high school and most definitely in
college. Here are some tips to help you become a better note taker.

   1. Be organized. Always have your notebook and something to write with every day.
      Check your backpack at night to make sure you have what you need for the next
      day. If you’re out of materials, that’s the time to stock up.

   2. Label your notes with the date and the objective for the day. That way you’ll know
      what these notes are covering.

   3. When taking notes, organize them into different sections:
        a. a certain space for identifying the main ideas
        b. a margin space for writing key words or additional thoughts
        c. a summary section, either at the end or along the side

                              DIFFERENT NOTE TAKING METHODS

                                      CORNELL METHOD

Section for     Details of the topic covered
or              Causes of the war were MAIN – Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, and
Main ideas      Nationalism.

WW I            All these factors linked together lead to the outbreak of the war in




Main Idea
       * Supporting evidence
       * Supporting evidence
       * Supporting evidence

Main Idea
       * Supporting evidence
       * Supporting evidence
       * Supporting evidence


Columns & Categories
Concept or ideas                   Supporting details
Concept or ideas                   Supporting details

                                         Concept Mapping

Concept Mapping is good if you are a visual learner – someone who needs to see the actual
connections of the concepts and ideas.

Using a large center circle or square to identify the main idea and then draw lines to smaller
circles or squares linking the supporting facts to the main idea.

                    (SURVEY, QUESTION, READ, RECITE, REVIEW)
AUDIENCE: Intermediate - Senior High Students

PROCESS: This is a study approach designed to help students understand more difficult


 Survey and Question             Read
Read the title, turn it into a   Look for answers to your
question                         questions
Read the introduction,           Look for the answers to the
formulate questions              teacher's questions and the
Turn headings and                book's questions
subheadings into questions       Reread the captions
Read captions under              Study graphic aids
pictures, charts, graphs         Carefully read italicized and
Read the summary                 bolded words
Recall instructor's              Reread parts that are not
comments                         clear
Recall what you already           Recite
know                             Repeat orally
                                 Take notes
                                 Underline (if possible)
                                  Review (within 24
                                 Page through material and
                                 reacquaint yourself with
                                 important points
                                 Read written notes you
                                 have made

 Webbing is a sound strategy for students who prefer a more visual technique for taking
notes. To use this strategy, the student first draws a circle in the center of page. Inside
that circle, he writes the topic of the lecture (for example, World War I). Next, he draws a
line branching out of the center circle. On the line, he writes the first section, or main idea,
of the lecture (for example, Causes of World War I). He then draws bubbles branching out
of that line containing important details which describe that main idea. Once the teacher
has finished discussing that section, he draws another line branching from the original
center circle. On that line, he writes the next main idea (for example, Battles of World War
I). He then draws bubbles branching out of that line with important details describing that
main idea, and continues with that pattern until the lecture is complete.
   Webbing helps students visualize information that they hear, and Web diagrams serve as
great tools for test preparation!

   The process of listening in class and taking well-written notes can be an anxiety-filled
task. Students will be required to take more and more complex notes as they progress
through school. Learning these techniques for shorthand and different styles of note taking
can ease this process and help develop students’ confidence in their own classroom
abilities. So get your note taking gear ready, and start practicing!

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