You will identify keys to good note-taking, practice taking notes and share your style with others to refine your ability to review, retain and better understand classroom notes.
The goal of this is to introduce you to note taking skills and multiple types of note and content review to improve retention and understanding of information and ultimately facilitate your continued success in college. Practice activities are designed for early in the semester so that you can begin to utilize these methods in studying for the first exam.
This exercise was developed by Dr. Melissa Q. Pittard, a lecturer in the Statistics Department, University of Kentucky. A similar activity has been used in STA210: Introduction to Statistical Reasoning which is a component of the University's general education program, UK Core (see more at http://www.uky.edu/UGE/documents/Templates/Statistical.pdf). Successful students who complete this course at UK should be able to articulate how statistical science can be used to address uncertainty in many of our everyday decisions and decide whether a statistical argument (that is used, for example, in the mainstream media) is valid.
A few weeks into the semester at college, you should go back and review some of the concepts presented in the course syllabus about the purpose and overall goals of the course. There are many different types of review that will help improve your understanding of the information and to help you be successful, especially in a statistics course.
Please follow these links to note-taking and study tips. Complete the activities described at the following sites. Discuss what you've learned with a fellow student.
(a) Go to http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/notes.html Scroll down the page to select the Video on listening skills (8.24 mins)
(b) Read the PDF for expertise advise on note taking skills: http://advising.unca.edu/sites/default/files/Note_Taking_Skills_Info_Sheet.pdf
Visit this website (http://www.notetakinghelp.com/) to learn how to take good class notes. Specifically; follow the links to complete one topic from each of the four sections. Using what you have learned by taking notes.
(1) What do I prepare for class? (suggest: Keys to lecture notes)
(2) How do I take notes in class?
(3) Note taking strategies
(4) What do I do with my notes after class?
Follow this link to practice what you have learned and take the practice Statistics quiz.
Go to http://quizlet.com/ Search for "Sta 210 set 1 to practice various ways of studying for review.
In a small group setting a week after completing the quizlet on statistics see what you retained. Answer the following questions among you. Reflect on which note-taking tips or study skills helped you the most. Se if others have tips or techniques that you could benefit from.
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