CULTIVATING BETTER NOTE-TAKING SKILLS
Assignment 3: CULTIVATING BETTER NOTE-TAKING SKILLS
In my classes, I find that a great many students have never learned good note-taking skills in their earlier schooling. Their notes are scattered, random and hard to follow. Is this an area where you could use a tip or two? Here’s a couple of things to do to make you a bit better at this skill. First, read the section of the chapter entitled, “Develop Note-Taking Skills.” It sits right at the end of the chapter. Then, second, go online and search the topic, “Note-Taking Skills.” Or you may use the website I posted in the Resources on the first page of this Module. From the websites you find, develop a list of ten ideas that could help anyone be better at taking notes. Type out the list and submit it as the written part of this assignment. Ten good tips submitted in ten clear sentences is all you need here. You do NOT need to explain the ten tips.
Assignment 4: TAKING A SECOND LOOK AT A FIRST-RATE IDEA
We saw it defined and talked about a little in Chapter 1. But the idea of “critical thinking” can hardly be overdone. It is so woven into the fabric of our daily lives that we need to have the skill finely sharpened. Look at it again. Critical thinking is analytical thinking that seeks to peel back the layers of an idea to see what lies beneath.
Using several online or shelf dictionaries, jot down several ways in which these sources define “critical thinking.” Write down several ways of phrasing a definition provided by these various dictionaries. In the various wordings, you can gain a better sense of the meaning of this rather complex term.
To submit the assignment back to me, jot down a list of explanatory terms that help explain this rather large idea. How do others phrase or define critical. Simply jot down a few of their thoughts. In the process of processing their thoughts, you will see it more clearly.