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Successful Note Taking

Unlike the traditional classroom, Online offers an immediate benefit Ėeverything is in print and assessable to you whenever you need it. However, note taking is an excellent way to supplement learning. It makes you rethink what you have read and allows you to put into your own words, making learning easier. So, we encourage you to use one of the following methods while you read your course material, especially if a text book is involved.

Method One: The Key Point Method
Simply draw a line down the page at about the 6 inch mark from the left side of the paper.

As you read, take notes in the larger section. The smaller area on the right is used to log the key points, names, and ideas of your general notes to the left. This is where you can mark material you think will be tested.

When youíre finished, you should have developed a comprehensive overview of your readings. It can be read for detail on the left or quickly scanned for key points on the right.

Method Two: The Split Page Method
Simply draw a line down the center of the page.

As you read your text, take notes on the side of the page. As you read your Online course material, use the right side of the page.

When youíre finished, you should have developed a comprehensive overview of your readings. It can be read for detail on the left or quickly scanned for key points on the right.

Overview
Now that you have a method for taking notes, the question remains-how do you take better notes? Remember, your data isnít going anywhere.

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