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March 12, 2011

Follow Up For My Note Taking and Speed Reading (A1) Workshop

Follow-up to Note Taking and Speed Reading (A1) from Samantha's blog

Having had a couple of weeks to put the techniques I learnt from the Note taking and Speed Reading workshop I want to reflect back and evaluate how these techniques have aided my learning.

Firstly it is impotant to say that I benefitted greatly from this workshop, learning different ways of taking notes and how to use my time effectivly when reading and note taking from lectures, seminars but also research books.

The primary techinique I took forward was to organise my notes effectivly, and this was my first action point. Another participant in the workshop suggested colour coding and tabbing to keep note oganised and tidy. I took this on board and now have neat, organised and ordered notes which I can look back on during my revision periods.

My second action point was to use techniques of note taking that had been disscussed in the workshop and to apply them to my notes during lectures and seminars. I am now using different colours to highlight areas of the course that I am unsure of and also thematically ordering the lecture to make it easier for writing essays and assessed work later on.

Thridly my third action point was to avoid re-writing my notes in order to make them neat, with my new techniwues I find that my notes are much neater to begin with but I have also spent the time I would have re-writing them on my essays and other assesed work.

This workshop will continue to benefit me throughout my academic learning and most importantly through the exam period next term.

February 01, 2011

Note Taking and Speed Reading (A1)

This was another workshop I took in order to develop and progress in my Academic writing action point. To be able to read text both throughouly, effectively and quickly is an essential part of academic learning.

This workshop taught me to structure my notes effectively and group discussion was used to share ideas on how to file and organise notes taken, what to note down and how to get the key information from a text in the quickest amount of time.

My three action points upon reflection of this workshop are:

1.      1. Organise my notes

2.      2. Use the different note taking techniques discussed in the workshop and apply them to my current tactics.

3.      3. Use the time I would usually spend re-writing notes and making them neater to read further texts and do essays.

When originally I thought this workshop would tech me ways to “cut the corners” on note taking and reading, in the end it showed me techniques which not only allow me to read quicker and in more depth but also to take notes effectively. Instead of cutting the corners I am able to manage my time more effectively and assess key notes rather than copy down everything.

I hope to take these action points forward over the coming weeks and see how much I can improve my noting and organisation skills for more effective academic work.

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  • A very good final reflective account, Samantha, to round off your Warwick Skills Portfolio Award. Yo… by Mary Sage on this entry
  • This is a good concluding blog to follow up the actions you have taken since the workshop. It is und… by Sue Johnstone on this entry
  • A great final entry for P1, Samanatha. it's really good to see how the whole reflection process has … by Mary Sage on this entry
  • Sam – nice concluding summary of A1. It sounds like you've taken a lot away from this workshop, that… by Han-na Cha on this entry
  • Your first blog is comprehensive, although I would be interested to know how the actual content of t… by Sue Johnstone on this entry

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