Note-Taking Made Easy [NOOK Book]

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    As every student quickly learns, merely sitting through a class and paying attention is usually not sufficient to ensure good grades. The proper taking of good notes is essential. Note-Taking Made Easy tells why the student should take his or her own notes (rather than buying them or taping lectures), and tells exactly how to determine what is worth noting, whether during a lecture, classroom ...

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Overview

Updated and revised edition
    As every student quickly learns, merely sitting through a class and paying attention is usually not sufficient to ensure good grades. The proper taking of good notes is essential. Note-Taking Made Easy tells why the student should take his or her own notes (rather than buying them or taping lectures), and tells exactly how to determine what is worth noting, whether during a lecture, classroom discussion, even from a book or during a meeting.
     The authors describe the two most successful methods of organizing notes—outlining and patterning—and provide shortcuts to really make note-taking easy, from shorthand devices to abbreviations.
     Special sections are devoted to taking notes from texts, fiction as well as nonfiction, and handling charts, graphs, and photos. A final chapter shows how to tie together notes from various sources.

This STUDY SMART reference guide series, designed for students from junior high school through lifelong learning programs, teaches skills for research and note-taking, presents strategies for test-taking and studying, provides exercises to improve spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, and reveals secrets for putting these skills together in great essays.

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"There is excellent advice on how to read a nonfiction book . . . [and] hints on how to keep your mind on the business at hand... The book is inexpensive, written in a chatty style, and printed in larger than usual type... I recommend it enthusiastically... because next to a blow dryer, this little soft-covered book is the best thing to tuck into that college-bound bag." — Bernice Roer Neal, Culpeper Virginia News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299191535
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 423,343
  • File size: 410 KB

Meet the Author

Judi Kesselman-Turkel and Franklynn Peterson write and publish the newsletter CPA Computer Report. They have written hundreds of articles and more than twenty books including The Author’s Handbook, Good Writing, and The Magazine Writer’s Handbook. They live in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Table of Contents






There's No Substitute for Taking Your Own Good Notes

Note-Taking Helps You Pay Attention


Note-Taking Helps You Remember


Good Note-Taking Helps Organize Ideas




How to Tell What's Worth Noting

Criteria for Deciding What's Worth Preserving


Category: What Type of Information Is It?



Relevance: Does the Information Relate to the Topic?



Importance: Do You Need the Information?



Personal Bias: Do You Want to Remember the Information?



Aids That Put Your Notes in Perspective


Buy, Borrow, or Make a Course Outline



Start Learning the Course Jargon





How to Organize Notes

How to Use Outline Form


How to Work Outline Form into a Memory Clue System


How to Use Patterning to Organize Notes




Shortcuts for Note-Taking

Use of Shorthand for Quicker Note-Taking




Taking Notes from Assigned Text

Learn How to Read for a Course


How to Skim



How to Take Notes from Fiction


How to Take Textbook Notes


Size Up the Textbook



Systematize Your Note-Taking with OK4R



How to Take Notes on Nontextbook Nonfiction


Learn How to Write in Your Books


Use the Margin—Sparingly



Note Significant Pages in the Front Inside Cover



Put Important Data at the End of the Book A Word about Other Note-Taking Systems





Taking Lecture Notes

Listening vs. Reading


Organize Your Tools


Keep Your Course Outline Handy


Keep Your Mind from Wandering


Choose a Seat Carefully



Avoid Friends



Keep Lecture and Personal Matters Separate



Stay Awake, Stay Alert



Catch the Lecturer's Clues


Relate the Lecture to Your Assigned Reading



Keep Track of Time



Listen for Speaking Style



Keep Alert for the Lecturer's Special Words





Taking Research Notes

Preparing a Preliminary Outline


Listing Research Questions


Using Good Note-Taking Tools


Prepare a Work File



Prepare Bibliography Blanks



Key Your Notes to the Bibliography Blanks



Note Which Page Numbers Your Notes Came From



Key Each Photocopy



Keeping Notes Legible


Taking Adequate Notes




Taking Minutes of Meetings


Appendix A: Notes on Chapter 1


Appendix B: Practice in Analyzing Information and Taking Notes on Lectures


Appendix C: Course Outline for “Methods of Note-Taking”


Appendices D and E: Speech Outline and Speech Clue Words


Appendix F: Shorthand Notes on Chapter 4


Appendix G: “Agent X” Research Questions

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Note Taking Made Easy

    When I was younger my memory was great aand I never needed to take notes but st 57 years of age I needed to start taking them. This book has helped immensely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2001

    This is a waste

    This book is too simple, Not a complete guide would be great for elementary students taking notes on how to do lunch but not worth the read or the money would do better buying a new pack of pencils and a used pad of paper and just winging it by on the fly.

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