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May 03, 2011
Note-Taking: A Cross-Curricular Skill
The optimum use of note-taking in my study made me revamp a new academic skill that is essential to University study. In addition, this skill is a cross-curricular one that can be used in almost all subjects and it leads to broadening the horizons and increasing one's capacity. As a result of using it,
1- I had well-organised essays that helped me to keep a clear line of argument because of my assorted notes.
2- Instead of 'copy-paste' the notes, I started to rephrase the notes taken using my own language and I did my notes under particular titles.
3- Another positive result of note-taking enabled me to work effeciently as my reading speed increased immensly and led to accomplishing more and getting a feeling of achievement by the end of the day.
4- Although I was able to read more, I encountered a serious problem. I had an Academic Indigestion because the reading amount was enormous when I wanted to start writing. In other words, I felt that I over-read for my assignments which is something completely new for me. Therefore, I made an essay outline and followed only the needed notes to finish my assignment.
5- Editing has never been easier and more exciting because I can now enjoy reading my organised essay and proo-read it easily.
To wrap up, I bore the fruits of my efforts in note-taking to the extent that my tutors gave me brilliant feedback on my assignment and I got distinction in two of them. Their main positive comment was haveing a clear and well-organised line of argument. That was completely due to my polished ability and newly-acquired skills in note-taking.
I would strongly recommend that all students take this extremely-useful course that will stand them in good stead.
March 31, 2011
Operationalising Note-Taking Techniques
I have just handed in two assignments this morning and I have a great self of achievement and confidence because I could put the techniques I had learnt in practice.
1- Instead of wasting a whole day doing my references after finishing doing my assignment, I gained an extra day that I used efficiently in editing my assignment as well as my referenicing. This gave me great confidence not to mention that it served ti improve the quality of my essay.
2-Having had a focus on making notes while writing, I did the literature reading bearing in mind only the necessary points I wanted to include in my notes in response to the assginment question. Therefore, I had succinct and well-focused notes.
3- I have to say that writing my notes using Mind-mapping had a washback, or a revision impact after finishing reading for each chapter because tyoing on the computer increases the awareness of accuracy and flow of coherent ideas. In additionm I improved the way I organised the notes in different levels and categories in the process.
I would recommend talking the Note-taking workshop for its huge cumulative benefits that resulted in revamping my writing skills, as you can see form my first and last entries, and subsequently producing a better coherent and well-organised essay...........
March 16, 2011
The Art of Note-Taking
The problem with taking notes is that it takes a while for the learner to perfect its use. My major problem with taking notes was re-writing the whole course book instead of just putting the most important features on paper. Therefore, I devised some highly benificial points for my note-taking . Some of these are:
1- Instead of repeating what is said in the whole page, I would go for the most important key words and put them on sticky-notes to the side of the book.
2-Not to organise and re-write the notes I had taken because it would be time-consuming.
3-Keep in mind a certain focus on reading and only make notes that are relevant to the wuestion I have on paper or in mind.
4-After finishing a whole article or a book chapter, I would start organising my notes on a word file in an orderly fashion to leep a fixed safety net for me in case I forget or lose track of the previous notes of points of focus I made.
These steps helped me to save time, achieve more in less time, and write my essays easily by going back to the notes I had made earlier. not to mention the ability to exclude all the ones that are irrelevant to me.
Honing Skills on Note-Taking
I would like to thank you for the great advice about organising the notes for my dissertation. As a matter of fact, I just had a research methodology class now and realised the amount of research I have to do. Therefore, It would seem to me that an action-plan could help me to overcome this problem:
1- Following your advice, I will now arrange my referencing while writing because it's an arduous, even daunting task to do for an assignment, not to say a disseratation.
2-I will definitely start to organise my notes in a thematic way so that I wouldn't be lost going through all of them to find the one I need in particular.
3- Another step related to note-making is polishing my skills using the mind-mapping using the computer programs.
October 12, 2010
I have just attended a worship on 'Note Taking', and I know the idea of taking up such course might sound impractical to someones or less appealing. However, if you look at it from another perspective, you can set out listening to plenty of ideas that are aroused in such workshops and you can take a learner-oriented approach to try to adapt some or all of the ideas to your own personal advantage. I personally have listened to many interesting ideas and I am thinking about applying some of them, especially the more challenging ones. Some of these ideas were Mind mapping, quoting, range reading, and setting the time. I would like to see how much I will improve my skills if I try to train myself on using these skills.