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If you can keep up with the teacher and understand what to write, but feel your notes are all over the place try using Cornell Notes. Draw three lines in the shape of a capital letter I as depicted in the picture. Place the bulk of the notes in the large section on the right, key points to the left, course name at the top, and questions and concerns to follow up with professor, online discussions,etc. at the bottom. Check out The Learning Toolbox at Cornell for other useful strategies.
Define terms. Define, define, define- always! This is necessary for aforementioned complicated texts. Collect background info for historical texts- if a book alludes to something and you’re not sure what it means, google it and write it down. Also, ask questions- if a character does something out of place, ask yourself why they did so; it’s probably important. This is demonstrated on my yellow post-its.
It's for a woman's Bible study, but there are several pictures of visual journaling. Good inspiration for several different student examples. The key thing is to get students to focus on the ideas and NOT on creating visual masterpieces. This is definitely for individual instruction for targeted students and not for whole class instruction.
Here is a great way to for students to take notes and stay organized! The Cornell method of note taking offers many advantages.Students will be able to quickly and identify key words and key concepts from a lecture. The notes they make can easily be used as a study guide for exam preparation. The arrangement of information is aesthetically pleasing and easy to scan, making it easy to locate particular pieces of information.