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LC Module: Notetaking Connections

“Effective note taking has been identified as one of the research based strategies for increasing student achievement.” (Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock 2001 as stated Jacobs, 2008)
“The taking of notes seems to ease the load on the working memory and aids your comprehension and retention. Researchers found that if important information was contained in notes, it had a 34% chance of being remembered. Information not found in notes had only a 5% chance of being remembered” (Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock 2001 as stated Boch, 2005)

30 MIN

GC218 – Notetaking – Topic Notetaking Tool

GC218-S3 – Topic Notetaking Sheet – Before instruction begins, Alexa or Instructor will guide students in drawing their own topic sheet for notetaking. The topic sheet will include a small space to write the topic and a main notetaking space for key points, details, examples or illustrations. Space will be included to rewrite notes in their own words and to insert a prospective quiz question. Last, students will be directed to use the topic sheet as a flash card by using a cover sheet or by folding sections back.

30 MIN

GC217 – Notetaking – Investigative Inductive Notetaking Process

GC217-S5 – Investigative Inductive Notetaking Process – The Investigative Inductive notetaking process provides fact-finding approaches to solving scenarios, case studies and other instruction. It involves investigating a happening, occurrence or action. Alexa will lead students through the Investigative process using the Exploratory, Problem-Solving and Solutions Notetaking formats.

10 MIN

GC216- Notetaking – Comparison Notetaking Sheet

GC216-S2 – Comparison Notetaking Sheet – is an effective format for comparing ideas, concepts or objects during instruction. Experts claim that discovering similarities and differences is the “core” of all learning because it enhances students’ understanding of and ability to use knowledge. Alexa or Instructor will guide students in using a comparison format for notetaking that includes comparisons and contrasts. Using a comparison notetaking template makes notes easy to manage and consolidate. The more precise the pattern, the easier the organization, notetaking, learning, and recall of information.

10 MIN

GC215 – Notetaking – Chronological Notetaking Sheet

GC215-S2 – Chronological Notetaking Sheet – is an effective format for noting chronological steps and other sequenced instruction. Alexa or Instructor will guide students in using a chronological format for notetaking that includes steps or sequences. Using a chronological notetaking template makes notes easy to manage and consolidate. The more precise the pattern, the easier the organization, notetaking, learning, and recall of information.

30 MIN

GC214 – Notetaking – Deductive Notetaking Sheet

GC214-S2 – Deductive Notetaking Sheet – is the most common format used by lecturers and authors. Alexa or Instructor will guide students in using a deductive format for notetaking, beginning with a general conclusive idea or statement, followed by supporting ideas and details. Using a deductive notetaking template makes notes easy to manage and consolidate. The more precise the pattern, the easier the organization, notetaking, learning, and recall of information.

30 MIN

GC213 – Notetaking – Key Point Notetaking Cards (Reading Notetaking)

GC213-S3 – Key Point Notetaking Cards – Most lessons cover approximately three or four major topics or objectives. Alexa or Instructor will guide students in using a Key Point Notetaking sheet, which is a sheet of paper, folded in half, vertically. A vertical sheet will be used during the reading session for each major topic. Before reading, students will label the front left side of each vertical sheet with a major reading topic and a quiz question. Then, when reading, students will add key points on the left side and details, examples and quiz question answer on the right side of the folded sheet. Next, after reading instruction, students will add a summary and illustration on the backside of the sheet. Sheets can be bound in a notebook. Three index cards can be substituted for a sheet.

20 MIN

GC212 – Notetaking – Concept Map Notetaking Sheet

GC212-S4 – Concept Map Notetaking Sheet – In a three-step process, as directed, during notetaking, individually, with a partner or small group, Alexa or Instructor will guide students to create a concept map by inserting the lesson topic or image in a center circle, located on a horizontal sheet of paper. Next, students will be directed to link sub-topic squares using key points or categories, as dictated by the lesson. Last, they will draw a line from the center circle to each square and insert a relevant linking word on each line. (Linking words are similar to verbs or action words, such as has, have, is, are, shows, values, may lead to, results from, may drive, determines, works with, etc.) By linking the lesson topic to the sub-topics, and the sub-topics to details, simple sentences are formed.

10 MIN

GC211 – Notetaking – Visual Scratchpad Notetaking Tool

GC211-S4 – Visual Scratchpad Notetaking – Using index cards, students will develop flash cards by listening or reading intently and visualizing pictures in their mind for each topic. Main topics for the lesson will be provided. Then, Alexa or instructor will direct students to write Key Points on front and a Topic Summary on the back of card. After lesson, students, either individually, with a partner or small group, will generate a quiz question on the front of another index card per topic. Then, write a question response on the back of card with an illustration to portray the answer. Stick people and simple objects are acceptable. A Question Guide can help write quiz questions, if available.

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.