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PostSubject: How To Write Up Your Notes   Wed 26 Aug 2015, 12:38 pm

All year long you will be required to read and take notes that you have to hand in for grading.  Watch this video: https://youtu.be/w3pM5hEgBk4  
It demonstrates clearly a way to organize your pages when taking notes.

 Also this website may be helpful: http://coe.jmu.edu/learningtoolbox/printer/cornellnotes.pdf

The following is a brief summary of the note taking strategies we covered in our first class period:

Note Taking From A Textbook Using the Cornell Note Taking System

Survey: Glance over the headings in the chapter to see the important points that will be developed.  Read any charts and look over any maps in the reading selection. Also read the final summary paragraph if the chapter has one. Decide how many sections you need to divide the total reading into over your week’s schedule to have your work completed in time.
Question: Turn the first heading into a question. This will give you a specific purpose for reading the material and thereby increase comprehension. It will bring to mind information already known, thus helping you to understand that section more quickly. 
Active Reading: Read through an entire section.  
Write: Jot down the important points of the section you just read in the large right hand section of your paper.  Draw pictures if a quick chart is a faster way of organizing the information.  These notes should not be in full sentences but you should write enough that they make sense to you.  In the left hand column jot down questions about your notes that you can use to study from. 
Summarize: At the end of each section of reading, after you have written your notes, think about what you have read and in your own words write a short summary of the important information.  This should not be longer than a paragraph and belongs at the bottom of your note taking page.
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