Note Making

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ note making skills.

All our resources are available for free educational use under a Creative Commons licence. You are welcome to link to them, use them and adapt them if necessary for your students, but please acknowledge LearnHigher as authors.

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Active note-making skills

Understand the value of keeping a record of information and insights - Understand how to differentiate between important and unimportant information - Understand how to apply recorded important information to help complete a task - Understand the importance of note-making at university

Activity time: 45-60 minutes

Types of media: Worksheet, Handout/s, Word Document, Interactive Learning Object, Quiz

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The Three Domains of Critical Reading

The Three Domains of Critical Reading

Activity time: Depends - could be 10 mins to 1 hour

Types of media: PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Academic writing with free writing

Workshop activities on academic writing, including a powerpoint download outlining activities.

Activity time: Activities range from 1-10 minutes.

Types of media: PowerPoint File

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Getting started with writing

This resource includes ideas for initiating discussions about writing with students, and facilitates the opportunity to begin writing assignments during the activity.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Slides, PowerPoint File

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Notemaking: ten top tips

An informative mindmap showing the top ten tips for notemaking.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet, PDF File

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Notemaker

An online resource on notemaking, including links to information on Linear, Pattern and Cornell notes. An easily navigable resource. Also features templates for the learner to experiment with note taking.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Webpage, Interactive Learning Object

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Draw to Learn

A workshop designed to show how drawing and visually representing objects or themes can help to support learning and increase creativity. Includes links to the theory behind creative/visual practices.

Activity time: 2-3 hours workshop, plus extra curricular feedback time.

Types of media: PDF File

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Essay writing pack

A downloadable workbook for students which can be tailored to different essay questions. The workbook structures enables the essay to be structured in an orderly way, allowing for the process to be learned as the assignment is completed.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Interactive Learning Object

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Reviewing your notes

A series of suggestion on how to engage students in effective notemaking at appropriate times.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Brainstorming notetaking

A short description of an end of teaching period activity which encourages students to take notes.

Activity time: 5-15 Minutes

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Notemaking in lectures

A student helpsheet describing a process for effective strategies for notemaking in lectures. Includes notes on preperation and process.

Activity time: Unknown Time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Free writing

A resource which would be particularly useful for staff teaching on a creative writing programme. Includes two structured writing exercises and information on free writing.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet, PowerPoint File

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Six steps to success

A presentation outlining a whole new approach to successful study. The six steps are:

S = Study Techniques and practices
O = Overview
C = Creativity
C = Communicate effectively
E = Emotions
R = Review, review, review

Also includes a booklet for students' reference, and some suggested activities to follow the presentation.

Activity time: 40 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Teaching notemaking: tutor handbook

A guide for staff on how to teach notemaking to students. Includes an overview of structured brainstorming, linear and pattern notes; active vs passive learning; how to make notes; and some suggested activities.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document

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