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Note Taking

by allison o'connor


Note Taking
Allison O'Connor
EDU 703
Granite State College
Table of Contents

1. Why Take Notes?
2. Cornell Notes
3. Video-How to take Notes
4. Guided Notes
5. The Mapping Method
6. Tips to Take Better Notes
7. References
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Why Take Notes?

Whether it’s taking notes from lectures or from reading, note-taking has been shown to improve student learning.

If we want to remember more of what we learn in our classes, it’s better to take notes than it is to not take notes.

The thinking behind this is that note-taking requires effort. Rather than passively taking information in, the act of encoding the information into words or pictures forms new pathways in the brain, which stores it more firmly in long-term memory. On top of that, having the information stored in a new place gives us the opportunity to revisit it later and reinforce the learning that happened the first time around.
Cornell Notes
Although some of us seem to have an intuitive sense for what notes to record, for everyone else, getting trained in specific note-taking strategies can significantly improve the quality of notes and the amount of material they remember later.

One frequently used note-taking system is Cornell Notes. This approach has been around for decades, and the format provides a simple way to take “live” notes in class and condense and review them later.
Guided Notes
One very effective type of scaffold is guided notes (also called skeleton or skeletal notes). With guided notes, the teacher provides some type of outline of the material to be covered, but with space left for us to complete key information. This strategy has been shown to substantially increase achievement across all grade levels (elementary through college) and with students who present with various disabilities.