Thursday, October 21, 2010

Do's and oont for improving lectucre comprehension and note taking in English

Eight Do’s and Don’ts for improving lecture comprehension and note-taking

* DON Ttry to note every word.
• DON Twriic everything down.
• DON’T note indiscriminately.
• DON’T take notes as if you were writing a composition.
• DON’T be a passive listener.
• DON ‘T give up if you  miss information
• DON’ T lose sight of the forest  for the trees. (Don’t listen for details before getting the larger picture.)
• DON’T forget to carry your notes when you leave the class room.

• DO note key words.
• DO use abbreviations &  symbols
• DO evaluate as you listen. Decide what is important and relevant, and what is irrelevant
• DO use the space on your paper to organise information and visually represent
• DO be an active listener. Predict lesson content and organisation.
• DO make guesses if you miss information. Remember that teachers usually repeat and paraphrase information.
• DO listen for the teacher’s main points and for the general organisational frame work
• DO rewrite and/or add to your notes as soon as possible after listening to the lesson. (When you rewrite your notes, ideas that you did not have time to note will still be fresh in your mind. You will have lime when rewriting to add those ideas. In addition, when you rewrite your notes, you can reorganise information so that the ideas are more clearly and accurately respresented.)

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