Effective Note-Taking - Effective Note-Taking Lecture notes...

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Effective Note-Taking Lecture notes are frequently your best source of information when studying for exams. When an instructor covers material in lecture, you should assume that it must be more important than material that he or she omitted. Nevertheless, effective note-taking is a neglected skill. Each semester, many dejected students go to their instructor's office for help. Although they often claim to have taken usually voluminous lecture notes, those notes often amount to pages of disjointed words and diagrams copied verbatim from the chalkboard. Many professors refuse to use the chalkboard at all; students who daydream in those classes often have no lecture notes at all. Taking poor notes may be a worse curse than having no textbook. Why is effective note-taking such a neglected learning strategy? There are several reasons: Poor listening skills. People tend to listen (not just hear, but really devote their attention) to someone speaking for periods of about thirty seconds, followed by variable periods of inattention. Many students become alert only when the professor writes something on the chalkboard. After they mindlessly copy the few words into their notebooks, their attention wanders off until the professor uses the chalkboard again. Selective note-taking. There is a tendency to write down what you want to hear or expect to hear; for example, material that you already knew before taking the class. This may also pose a problem when these students underline or highlight their books: they underline or highlight the material they already know, and ignore unfamiliar material. It would make more sense to write down only the unfamiliar material. Laziness. If writing complete lecture notes seems like too much effort, then maybe you aren't setting high enough goals for yourself. When you are actively taking good lecture notes, a 50-minute class period seems like 20 minutes. When you are daydreaming and staring at the clock, it seems like
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course BIO 110 taught by Professor Dfiabane during the Spring '11 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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