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Essential Study Skills, Fifth Edition
Linda Wong
Chapter 10: Listening and Taking Lecture Notes

Listening Skills

Active Listening
Read about characteristics of good listeners and poor listeners as well as strategies for taking lecture notes.  The site also includes links to other notetaking web sites.

Active Listening
Learn what affects listening and how to use this information to become a more active listener.

Attention and Listening
Learn the connection between concentration and listening.  Click on links to learn more about attention and memory, the human memory system, components of attending, ADD, and more.

Be an Effective Listener!
Listening is a master skill that involves overcoming barriers and using effective strategies to hear what is communicated by others.

General Listening Quizzes
An array of easy, medium, and difficult listening lessons appear on this web site.  Strengthen your listening skills by trying these listening lessons.

Harnessing the Power of Body Language
Learn why body language is so important and how understanding body language improves your ability to understand speaker's messages.

Learning by Listening
Read about questions you can ask yourself and learn techniques to teach yourself to listen more effectively.

Listening Skills
"To listen effectively requires that you maintain a considerable amount of self-control and concentration."  You can improve your listening skills by practicing the techniques and principles on this web site.

Listening Skills
Seven quick tips to begin using now to improve your listening skill are provided on this web site.

Learn six steps that will guide you toward becoming a better listener. This site discusses how instructors order their presentations, ways to identify and examine important information, and more.

Taking Lecture Notes

Editing Lecture Notes
After you take lecture notes, learn how to organize, edit, and review your notes.  This site also includes methods for annotating.

General Purpose Learning Strategies: Notetaking
This comprehensive web site (41 pages) provides extensive information on notetaking, the purpose of notetaking strategies, advantages of notetaking, and specific notetaking strategies.

Get More Out of Lectures
Research shows that accurate notetaking is related to better test performance.  Learn more about the value of effective lecture notes.

Learning from Lectures
This site includes links to effective listening, deciding what to write down, notetaking mechanics, and more.

Practice stringing ideas together to recite from a lecture outline on the topic of metamemory.

Notetaking Using the Cornell Method
"The Cornell system for taking notes is designed to save time but yet be highly efficient.  Learn to "do it right" the first time.  Three steps will help you develop effective Cornell notes.

Taking Lecture and Class Notes
This site provides you with links about learning by listening, ten bad listening habits, taking lecture notes, the Cornell system, taking notes for others, and more.

Taking Lecture Notes Using the Cornell Method
A sample set of notes for a lecture about preparing for a notetaking along with what to do before, during, and after a lecture are included on this web site.

Taking Notes from Lectures
Learn tips to get organized so you can take more effective notes.  Links are provided to see specific examples of notes.

Note-Taking Skills
Learn ways to evaluate your present note-taking system, reasons to take notes, guidelines for note-taking, tips for finding major points in lecture, forms of notetaking, ways to reduce and streamline notes, and more.

Five Notetaking Methods
Examine five notetaking systems you can use for lecture notes: The Cornell Method, The Outline Method, the Mapping Method, the Charting Method, and the Sentence Method. Click on the links to learn effective notetaking strategies.

All About Lecture Notes
Complete a Lecture Notes Pretest to assess your current skills and a Lecture Notes Evaluation to assess the quality of your notes. This site includes a step-by-step approach for taking effective notes.

Lecture Notes
Strategies on this site will help you create lecture notes that will help you learn and remember ideas and facts presented in lectures. The site includes the purpose of lecture notes, content of lecture material, lecture format, and more.

Methods of Organizing Your Notes
Use these four suggested methods for organizing information in your notes: simple lists, chronological lists, cause-effect, and comparison-contrast. A sample diagram is included

Content Specific Learning Strategies
Go to this website and click on a specific content area of study. Then click on "Notetaking and Reading Strategies" to learn specific strategies for that area of study.

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