Why Should I Take Notes?

There is quite a bit of research around why a learner should take notes.  Dr. Kenneth Kiewra is a research rockstar in the area of academic success.  Kiewra’s name is repeatedly mentioned in Williams & Eggert’s (2002) literature review as well as the simplest of google searches.  Kiewra et al. (1991) demonstrated that when students […]

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The Details – How To!

There are 4 skills required to take solid notes (Williams & Eggert, 2002): Active Listening When you are listening actively you: Listen for Buzz Words; Notice any Emphasis your Professor Uses (in volume of voice or with action); Stay Alert; Ask Questions; Connect to Course Readings. Cognitive Processing Note takers must comprehend information and as […]

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Congrats TWU Learner!

The Learning Commons would like to hear about your new mad skills with note-taking.  Post a photo of some notes on Instagram or Twitter, tag us (@TWULearn) and we will select one student every month for a prize!  (You can only win once!)      

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Research

Trivedi, K.,  Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking. Psychological Science, 25(6), 1159-1168. Williams, R., & Eggert, A., (2002). Notetaking in College Classes: Student Patterns and Instructional Strategies. JGE: The Journal Of General Education, 51(3), 173-199. https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/2014/02/student-notetaking-for-recall-and-understanding-a-lit-review-review/ https://www.depts.ttu.edu/tlpdc/Resources/Teaching_resources/TLPDC_teaching_resources/Documents/NotetakingWhitepaper.pdf  

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