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NOTETAKING HINTS
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Bullet Be Prepared. Do assigned reading; review previous lecture notes before class

Bullet Use 8 ½" x 11" paper, record date, topic each lecture

Bullet Write legibly, recopying is a waste of time

Bullet Use abbreviations (formal or your own inventions)

Bullet Summarize. Use own words whenever possible

Bullet Record anything written on board

Bullet If lecturer refers to test, jot it down

Bullet If you miss something, leave a space. Ask instructor or student later

Bullet MAJOR POINTS - Listen for them and make them STAND OUT! (should be written to left margin)

Watch for lecturer's CLUES:

Bullet May state directly: "The main point is…" "I want to emphasize…"
Bullet May repeat information
Bullet May speak louder, move forward, write on board

Bullet SUPPORTING INFORMATION - Listen for details, examples, etc. (should be indented from major points)

Words that signal information:

Bullet Advantages
Bullet Types
Bullet Differences
Bullet Characteristics
Bullet Causes
Bullet Reasons
Bullet Etc.

Bullet FORMAT - Use "Recall Column" and "Indentation" format

Bullet EDIT your notes - ("fill in gaps" as soon after lecture as
possible-add information, expand examples, etc.)

Bullet RECALL COLUMN - Used for studying, to assist memory-
fill-in words, key phrases, ideas, questions

NOTETAKING STRATEGY

Preview
(to provide a mental set and aid understanding)
Review old notes.
Read assignment before class.
Select
(to help you get what is important on paper)

Don't write it all. Get core ideas.
Listen and watch for instructor's cues as to what is important.

Question
(to help you understand and remember)
Question instructor OR self. Focus notes around questions.
Organize
(to help you "picture" your notes and remember them)
Use a format that is logical and useful for you.
See lecture as a gestalt (whole).
Review
(to help you see how old lectures relate to new ones to aid understanding and memory)

Review notes immediately after class.
Edit notes by filling in missed words, getting main ideas on side column, etc. Write down questions you have to ask instructor.


PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGY

Situation What is the problem for which you have to come up with a solution? What is really bothering you?
Options Brainstorm for all the different ways you could solve that problem. Write down all your thoughts
Consequences Write down the consequences for each option you thought of.
Simulation Practice each option and feel the consequences. Eliminate options.
Decision Decide the best solution to the problem and ACT.
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