Study Tip #1
The Mapping Method
A method that uses comprehension/concentration skills and evolves in a note taking form which relates each fact or idea to every other fact or idea. Mapping is a graphic representation of the content of a lecture. It is a method that maximizes active participation, affords immediate knowledge as to its understanding, and emphasizes critical thinking.
- Helps you visually track your lecture regardless of conditions.
- Relationships can easily be seen.
- Easy to edit your notes by adding numbers, marks, and color coding.
- Review will call for you to restructure thought processes, which will reinforce your understanding.
- Main points can be written on flash or note cards and pieced together into a table or larger structure at a later date.
- You might not hear changes in content from major points to facts.
When to Use
- When the lecture content is heavy and well-organized.
- When you have a guest lecturer and have no idea how the lecture is going to be presented.
Study Tip #2
The Cornell Method
The Cornell Method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes without laborious recopying. After writing the notes in the main space, use the left-hand space to label each idea and detail with a key word or “cue” and the bottom space for summarization.
- Organized and systematic method for recording and reviewing notes.
- Easy format for pulling our major concept and ideas.
- Simple and efficient. Saves time and effort.
- “Do-it-right-in-the-first-place” system.
When to Use
- In any lecture situation.