Note-taking / Summarising / Paraphrasing
ATL SKILL: RESEARCH
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME:
Students are able to take effective notes for a wide range of purposes, from oral & multi-media presentations to written research.
For all note-taking strategies, students should never copy and paste. They should read a section (paragraph), remove the source, and then take notes on a separate document in point form. This will ensure processing of information, rather than risking plagiarism.
APPLICATIONS AT NIS:
Pre-Reading Strategy – “Read around the Text”
This strategy sets the scene prior to reading. It does not replace the actual reading, but puts the reading in context. Students use the model below and make notes around the circle. This may be done independently or in pairs or small groups.
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Strategic Note-Taking Method
This method works for both lecture style notes or readings. The page is divided into 4 sections:
- Background knowledge
- Main points
- Summary / Synthesis of key ideas
|Background knowledge (jot down anything you know about this topic)|
|Main points / details:1.2.
|Summary: how do the key points listed above are relate to each other?|
The Cornell Method
This method works for both lecture style notes or readings. The page is divided into 2 sections:
- Key words/ideas (1/3 of the page) (if there is a reading, some note-takers prefer to add an optional column for the page number)
- Summary or explanation of an idea 2/3 of the page
Some note-takers add an additional section at the bottom for either probing questions or a headline statement that synthesises the ideas presented.
|Probing Questions / Headline Statement
The Charting Method
This method works for both lecture style notes or readings. Prepare a chart with 4 columns:
These headings can be altered depending on the purpose of the note-taking. Guidance can be provided by teachers.
Common Abbreviations for Note-taking
Rather than writing out words in full, use or devise simple abbreviations for common words. Here are some samples.
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FIVE NOTETAKING METHODS. (2010, January 1). . Retrieved July 26, 2014, from http://www.redlands.edu/docs/StudentLife/1Five_Methods_of_Notetaking.docx_UPDATED_7-09.pdf
Student Support Centre, Northshore Community College. (n.d.). Effective and listening and notetaking. Retrieved from https://www.northshore.edu/support_center/pdf/listen_notes.pdf
Wright, J. (2013, January 1). How To: Take Effective Class Notes: Strategic Note-Taking. . Retrieved July 26, 2014, from www.interventioncentral.org