Objective: Families will apply a note-taking strategy and then compare the results with each other to evaluate the effectiveness of their note-taking skills.
This activity will focus on the skill of note-taking that successful college students learn. This is just a starting-off point. If your note-taking skills are not “up to par,” don’t worry! There is plenty of time to polish this skill.
Estimated time 30-45 minutes
This section corresponds with Module 1 Activity 2 of the College Bound classroom resources.
Learn more about the use of assistive technology for note-taking in the Digging Deeper section of this activity.
With a parent or family member, select one of the videos listed below and take notes using notebook paper. You may apply any note-taking strategy or style that you prefer. Anything is acceptable. When you're finished, compare the notes taken and see what each of you missed from the video lecture. Talk about what you could do to improve the notes you take.
This lecture gives a brief history of the young field of financial theory, which began in business schools quite separate from economics, and of my growing interest in the field and in Wall Street. [Transcript]
The course begins with a discussion of electricity. The concept of charge is introduced, and the properties of electrical forces are compared with those of other familiar forces, such as gravitation. [Transcript]
Professor Amy Hungerford continues her discussion of Richard Wright’s classic American autobiography, Black Boy. [Transcript]
Professor Donald Kagan explains why people should study the ancient Greeks. He argues that the Greeks are worthy of our study not only because of their vast achievements and contributions to Western civilization but also because they offer a unique perspective on humanity. [Transcript]
This lecture provides an introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible and its structure and contents. [Transcript]
The categories listed above are suggested labels for the sections of your notebook. These are based on the information most incoming students receive from their colleges, but should be modified as necessary on an individual basis. Use this time to help your student think of other aspects of transition that could be included and help personalize this process for your student. During the college search process, students may want to create notebook sections based on each school they are seriously considering. Within each section, they would keep all of that school’s information, such as applications, brochures, flyers, maps, promotional materials, pros/cons lists, notes from visits, etc. You’ll continue adding to this notebook both in class and at home throughout the year.
Objective:Families will apply a note-taking strategy and then compare with each other to evaluate the effectiveness of their note-taking skills.
If so, congratulations!
If you don’t feel like you have effective note-taking skills at this point, don’t worry! You will get better at it with practice. Here are some other places you can practice note-taking: