Effective Notetaking

Effective Notetaking

by Fiona McPherson

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This book is for college students who are serious about being successful in study, and teachers who want to know how best to help their students learn. It covers many strategies, including how to format your notes, use headings and highlighting, summarize, review your notes, ask the right questions, and how to evaluate your text or learning task.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927166529
Publisher: Capital Research Ltd
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Study Skills , #1
Edition description: revised edition (3rd)
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 294,670
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Making note-taking an effective strategy

Note-taking is a strategy for making information meaningful

The importance of working memory

PART I: Selection strategies

3. Highlighting important information

An example

What highlighting does

What should be highlighted?

4. Headings highlight structure

Do headings help memory?

How do headings help memory?

Learning to use the topic structure strategy

Do some individuals benefit more from headings than others?

5. Summaries

Topical summaries and overviews

Advance organizers

Creating summaries

6. Graphic summaries

Outlines and Graphic Organizers

Multimedia summaries


Visual language

PART II: Connection strategies

7. Understanding connection

An example

What this means for note-taking

8. Elaboration strategies

Making comparisons

Asking questions


9. Concept maps

When concept maps are useful

Mind maps

PART III: Applying your strategies

10. Taking notes in lectures

How taking notes in a lecture is different from taking notes from text

Are there special strategies for taking notes in lectures?

11. Using your notes

Providing a record

Focusing attention

Helping you select what’s important

Organizing information / Helping you make connections

Helping you review

Reducing cognitive load

12. Learning style and individual differences

How individual differences affect your strategy

Cognitive style

Personal preferences and strategy choice

13. Choosing the right strategy

Assessing the text and the task

Choosing the right strategy

Summary of note-taking strategies

Personal profile

Glossary of terms

Chapter notes

Answers to exercises


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