Module 5: web enhanced listening

One of the biggest points I took from Module five was to learn how to take notes. The video by Thomas Frank on slide 15 gave me a good overview of note taking strategies. After watching this video I tested out the Cornell note taking style since my science teacher made us do it once. I learned this would probably be one of the better styles for me. The outline style seemed very complex since it’s hard for me to process information, organize notes, and determine if what the professor just said is a main point or sub point. I have also noticed in this unit that I am open to talking notes digitally for certain classes. I know hand writing notes is scientifically proven to be better than typing them. For some classes going 3 hours for a lecture and writing them going to the next class doing the same thing seems like a lot. Using resources like google slides, PowerPoint, or word all seem like they can be less stressful and save hand cramps. I learned it was important to be an active listener. On slide 15 a source explained people often don’t remember if they ran a red light, how fast they got to work, or when they did something because they’re distracted. I personally felt this. I literally cannot remember anything on a short term basis. The older I get the worse my short term memory is. I will look at something and it will be lost within a few seconds in my mind. I never really knew how important it was to try and listen to a lecture so your mind is not occupied. I know to mentally prep myself before lectures, and review after them. Some advice I would give someone based on this module is practice note taking. Sometimes I feel like I take good notes when I’m in the moment. A few hours or days later when I return to review them it’s like I don’t even recognize them. This is the worst feeling, because if you can’t use them later the notes are worthless. 

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