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LC Module: Notetaking Repair and Maintenance

"Without explicit instruction in note taking, however, many students simply write down words or phrases word for word, without analysis (or good effect). Successful note-takers summarize to arrive at a nugget of meaning, which they are much more likely to retain.” (NREL, 2005)
“Memory fades quickly. No matter which note-taking format you use, it’s a very good idea to review and refine your notes as soon as you can after class. It’s best not to wait more than 24 hours, because your memory of the ideas presented has weakened considerably after that time. Testing yourself is a good way to check to see if you really understand the important points of the lecture—and if you don’t understand them, to confer with a teacher or a classmate to sort out the information.” (Nazareth College, 2011)

30 MIN

GC415 – Notetaking Repair Tools – Three R’s of Notetaking – Reflect, Rewrite and Reformat Skills

GC415-S2 – Notetaking Maintenance – Reflect, Rewrite and Reformat – Summarizing and paraphrasing notes increase long-term retrieval. As directed, individually, with a partner or small group, in a two-step process, Alexa or Instructor will request students to reflect and rewrite their notes by correlating older notes with current notes.  Next, the new rewritten notes will be connected with a compatible graphic.  For example, if you have major concepts, with accompanying details, reformat notes into a compatible graphic, such as a concept map.  If steps, series, phases, cycles or timelines are within the notes, use a flow chart graphic.

30 MIN

GC414 – Notetaking Repair Tools – Notetaking Repair Skills

GC414-S3 – Notetaking Maintenance Repair Skills – In a three-step process, Alexa or Instructor will direct students, individually, with a partner or small group, to correlate older notes with current notes. Notes will be rewritten by making three columns.  The columns are labeled topic, key points and details with examples.  Next, students will review the notes by starring concepts, circling terms, underlining key concepts and crossing out unnecessary details.  Last, students will use a stack of index cards to create a quiz question on front of each card, and insert the response on the back. 

Achievement Points - The gears located on each module provide some research specifics why the strategy used in each module raises student achievement. You can click on the gear to read and click on the gear again to eliminate the research box retrieved. For more citation reference information, please refer to the Learning Connect Research Resource Guide in the left hand column of this website.