11 - Note taking Handout - Come and visit us Note taking...

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© 2008 Student Learning Centre, University of Otago - 2 - Content Introduction . .......................................................................................................... 3 Stage 1: Before the lecture . .................................................................................... 6 Stage 2: In the lecture . ........................................................................................... 6 Stage 2: taking notes from readings . ...................................................................... 9 Stage 3: reviewing notes from lectures . ................................................................ 11 Stage 4: making notes . ......................................................................................... 12 Stage 5: Constructing a synthesis/summary . ........................................................ 17 Readings . ............................................................................................................. 18
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© 2008 Student Learning Centre, University of Otago - 3 - Introduction Before thinking about how to make notes or take notes, it is important to reflect on WHY you would do this. There are many good reasons. The following are just some reasons. Taking an making notes may help you to s concentrate; s remember important information; s process information; s clarify learning material; s stay awake; s keep your brain active through multi-tasking (listening, watching, writing, paraphrasing); s have material to discuss with other students; s gather material for assignments; s prepare for examinations and other tests; Good notes are essential for effective learning and the development of understanding at university. If you have taken the time to make good notes you not only have a personal resource that you can use as you revise for terms tests and exams, but you are also more likely to have confidence in your knowledge of the topic. Making notes about a topic involves several stages (see Table 1). Table 1: Stages in note-making Stage Process Purpose 1) Preparing for lectures and labs Read the recommended readings before the lectures Provides a general overview of topic and the areas that might be difficult to understand. 2) Taking notes from single sources such as a lecture, lab or the text book Record information from a particular source (using a strategy that suits you). Provides understanding of part of a topic - Making links with knowledge you already have – building on that knowledge. 3) Reviewing lecture notes Review notes made during the lectures (individually and/or in small group) by correcting, adding to, and summarising notes Aids further consolidation and understanding of notes made during the lecture, and provides a good basis for revision 4) Making notes – assembling more detailed information about a whole topic from several lectures and labs and the text book Construct your knowledge about the topic, identify the structure of the topic, the main
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