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Active Active Listening Listening implies more than just physical act of hearing Active listening involves thinking about the information Focus on what information is being presented and why you
want to know the information
want Listening is Number 1 Communication
Listening Learn how to focus - listening is vital to success in college If you don’t accurately hear what others tell you, the quality of
your work can be undermined in college and in the workplace
your Listening is a skill that can be learned and improved Good listeners clear their minds and listen for the entire
message, including words, tone of voice, gestures, and facial
expressions Become a better listener Become an Active Listener Listening on the surface seems like a passive activity; you sit back and
listen as someone else speaks
listen Active listening involves S etting a purpose for listening Better understanding or better note taking Pay attention to speaker’s choice of words More importantly, In contrast, As a result Ask questions Engages you in the listening process Listening Cues Verbal Cues What an individual says Examples: Repeats information, pauses or slows down, or
talks Nonverbal Cues What an individual does Examples: Uses hand gestures, points to words on the board,
walks among students, looks at students notes, smiles, frowns.
walks Listening Activities http://www.eslwonderland.com/activities/ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?
storyId=4488307 How To Listen Actively? Step 1: Listen to Understand Try not to be thinking about your response Step 2: Clear Your Mind and Remain Silent Listen for thoughts
Step 3: Ask the Person to Expand or Clarify Give me an example? What happened next? Step 4: Reflect Other Person’s Thoughts Summarize what person stated Practice Active Listening Practice active listening – Groups
Share something you did over the weekend Practice using active listening skills
Watch for facial expression
Listen for tone
Reflect information back –Summarize Rate of
Speech/ Writing Ten Bad Listening Habits
Ten Calling the subject dull Good listening decide to see if speaker has anything that can
be of use to them
be Criticizing the speaker Most bad listeners find fault with the way a speaker looks, acts,
and Overreacting Reacting so strongly to one part of the presentation that you
miss what follows
miss Ten Bad Listening Habits Listening only for facts Good listeners listen for the main ideas in a speech or lecture Trying to Outline Everything Good listeners are flexible Adapt notes to the organizational pattern Faking Attention Bad listeners feels conscience free to take off on any of a thousand
tangents Ten Bad Listening Habits Tolerating distraction Poor listeners are easily distracted, and may even create
distraction 8. Choosing only what’s easy Poor listeners have shunned listening to serious presentation
Poor Letting emotional laden words get in the way
Wasting the differential between speech and thought
speed Note Taking – Preparation Most essential, go to class
Bring supplies, texts and completed assignments Loose-leaf paper and binder
Ink Pens – help you write faster and clearer Be familiar with the material Pre-read assignment
Review notes from previous class Organizing Information Listen for key words
Listen for terminology and definitions
Listen for important details (dates, names, facts, and statistics)
Listen for ordinals (number words)
Listen for examples
Use verbal cues
Use nonverbal clues
Copy steps and explanations for math problems Adjusting to the
Rate of Speech Paraphrase the speaker – rewording
Use abbreviations to reduce writing
Create a set of common symbols
Use a modified form of printing/writing
Mentally summarize Recording Information
Recording Date and number each page Add the specific topic of the lecture at the top of the page If instructors jumps from topic to topic, it may help to start a new page for
each Might want to use only one side of the paper Record what your instructor emphasizes Repeats, writes on board, overhead, indicates importance by using
identifying The main point is…. The discussion will focus on….. Recording Information Avoid writing down every word, use short phrases
Take notes during question-and-answer periods too Leave one or more spaces between points
Draw pictures and diagrams
Indicate material that is important with a star, highlighter etc.
Write on only one side of page Formal and Informal Outline Format
Cornell Note –Taking Method
Think Link or Visual Mapping Follow Up After Class Review your class notes and create a study guide Highlight key words or phrases
Fill in incomplete material
Add explanations and examples
Refer to text material
Summarize key points
Think and develop questions Difficult Lecturers to?
to? What are some characteristics that you found difficult to listen
What did you do for that class?
How would you approach that type of instructor now?
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course ACPE 0200 taught by Professor Pamelalove during the Summer '06 term at Collins.
- Summer '06