Note Taking

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Abbey Brandt 4E
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Note Taking

Postby Abbey Brandt 4E » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:41 pm

For my own sake and that of everyone in this class - what do you find to be the most effective way to take notes in this class? Google Docs, handwritten, custom outline, whatever it may be - share it! Understanding what helps you all succeed will help us all understand more effectively and in turn perform better on tests!!!

Sona Hakobyan 3J
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Sona Hakobyan 3J » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:46 pm

For me the most effective way is using google docs because when I hand write notes I cannot read my writing. However, for graphs and other pictures I like to draw them in my notebook and label them as figures in my notes. I do believe that if I had better handwriting, hand writing my notes would be the most efficient.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby hannahdaijo_4H » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:42 pm

Personally I prefer handwriting everything, even if it does get messy, because I find that when I physically write out notes or problems, it processes and sticks much better than typing something out and then going back to try to look at that. Plus, since most of the stuff in lecture is also in the modules, it's sort of okay ish even if you can't quite read your notes?

Mariah Hill
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Mariah Hill » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:13 pm

I handwrite everything too because I find it too time consuming to look for the greek letters on my computer in case we are writing down an equation or something like that

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Re: Note Taking

Postby Anna O 2C » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:16 pm

I have found that in general the best way for me is to take handwritten notes. I have several different colored pens that I utilize during class, and I switch between the different shades whenever we transition from lecture to explicit equations or from PowerPoint to hand drawn graphs/models. The colors break up the text for me and allow me to differentiate between different subtopics in my notes, otherwise they all seem to blend together for me. I also learned handwritten allows the info to go into my memory more effectively as compared to typing where I tend to absentmindedly type what he says verbatim, but that's just me!
After lecture, I like to revisit Dr. Lavelle's website and rewatch the lecture again and add on to my notes. I find that sometimes I am so focused on writing down the information on the slides that I miss key ideas that he says verbally! Doing it this way both solidifies my learning from that day's lecture and acts as a form of subconscious studying whereby I self check my comprehension as I relisten to the ideas covered. Hope this helped!

Note on using colored pens: I try to use lighter colors so that they don't bleed as much and reserve my darker shades for titles/headings.

Sheridan Slaterbeck 1J
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Sheridan Slaterbeck 1J » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:21 pm

I also find handwritten notes to be the best way for me to take notes. I am a very visual learner, so I often use colors too. I find that if I highlight "too much" information I tend to loose focus of what formulas and topics are the most important. Recently I have been actively working on only highlighting crucial information, as a more effective way of learning and deciphering what is truly important to memorize.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby Tuong Nguyen 2I » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:30 pm

This might sound a little unnecessary but when it comes to the detailed notes and jotting down key concepts, you could type them so that when you go back to study them, you'll have clean, neat words that fully explain the concept without having to use so many abbreviations and shortened versions of explanations. However, when Professor Lavelle gets into some worked examples, I'd say then you pull out some paper and follow those example steps with handwriting, since on the actual test, you'll want to be comfortable with writing those formulas and numbers down with pen/pencil.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby 404536963 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:31 pm

For me, the best way to take notes is to write down the powerpoint and insert different extra notes he says in class. After class though, I find it really helpful to watch his video module (which is a lecture with roughly the same powerpoint) as a refresher and take any notes I missed while writing the powerpoint the first time. The most helpful thing I've done to prepare for exams and get practical experience from the lectures is to take the post-module assessments and to incorporate the questions into my notes. This way, when I'm reviewing, I feel like I have a better idea of what he could test us on. Hope this helps!

Emily Orozco L4
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Emily Orozco L4 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:05 am

Handwritten works best for me because I feel like it helps to get used to writing out the notation as you would have to do on a test. I also try to make an effort of keeping things neat and spaced out so that when I refer back to my notes it's legible.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby FrankieClarke2C » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:24 am

The most important thing to me, is not writing every single thing down. Whether you take notes on a laptop or on a notepad, filtering through what is useful and what is not is the most important factor in retaining knowledge.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby Nikitha_lakshminarayanan3I » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:24 am

it depends on your study style. I see a lot of people using different colored pens to make their notes clearer

Sophie Roberts 1E
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Sophie Roberts 1E » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:58 pm

I agree that sharing this info will be very beneficial for all of us! Personally, what I find to be quite helpful is handwriting my notes in class, so I can include equations and diagrams, but when I get back from class I type up my notes that I had just wrote down in class. I do this so that I am reviewing my notes and the subjects we discussed and also to make my notes a lot neater and more organized!

Jayde Felix 4H
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Jayde Felix 4H » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:21 pm

I feel like handwriting notes help a lot in terms of knowing which Greek letters and equation formats apply. Plus, Dr. Lavelle gives enough time on each slide to copy everything down.

Joey Greco 1F
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Joey Greco 1F » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:39 pm

I would recommend hand written note taking in class. For the most part this is due to the many equations and graphs that he uses during lectures. For me, writing equations on google docs is a hassle and not worth the extra effort when compared to just hand writing it inside a notebook.

Lisa Werner 2F
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Lisa Werner 2F » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:47 pm

I prefer taking hand-written notes in class, then going over them the next day and typing them on Google Docs. This is a good review and also ensures organization, clarity, makes it easier to find a specific subject later on.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby taryn_baldus2E » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:52 pm

For myself, handwritten notes have been the most useful method that I have tried for note taking in class. By writing out my notes, it is easier to copy down any diagrams that I find important and note down equations. In addition, I tend to write down the things that are said that resonate with me or my own paraphrased versions of the concept, rather than copying down the bullet point from the powerpoint slides.

Kaylee Kang 1G
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Kaylee Kang 1G » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:57 pm

I like taking notes on my computer because it's faster for me to copy down some of the things said during lecture and put in diagrams I find online from his presentations!

Chris Freking 2G
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Chris Freking 2G » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:03 pm

Handwriting notes is very helpful because I feel that I comprehend the material more, but it's all a matter of personal preference.

LaurenJuul_1B
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Re: Note Taking

Postby LaurenJuul_1B » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:10 pm

Personally, I prefer hand written. It helps me retain the information better. Also, I find it best not to just copy exactly what your professor has on their slides--making yourself write it in your own words/summarize it deepens your understanding and makes you think about the material.

Sydney Tay 2B
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Sydney Tay 2B » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:18 am

I find it best to take notes by hand because it is easier to draw diagrams and other visuals to help understand key concepts. Taking notes by hand also makes it easier to go back and add little comments if the professor adds any extra information. However, if your handwriting is bad I recommend taking notes on a computer so you don't accidentally read your notes wrong and end up confusing yourself.

Sarah_Kang_2K
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Sarah_Kang_2K » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:11 am

I think it's best to take notes by hand, and then after lecture that night, re-read your notes and highlight important topics as well as read confusing topics in the textbook.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby allisoncarr1i » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:56 pm

I find it most effective to type notes in class so it is quick and can be accessed and sorted through easily on my google drive and then recopy the notes to help with retention.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby nataliefgarcia3I » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:58 pm

For me, I like to take hand written notes. Another thing that works for me is to use different colored pens to label certain things.

Sarah Fatkin 4I
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Sarah Fatkin 4I » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:21 pm

I like taking notes by hand because that's how I remember things the best. To be honest though, it's a little annoying not being able to edit notes like on Google Docs and not being able to search things though.. so I guess it really depends on what is most important to you.

chrisdinkel_4E
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Re: Note Taking

Postby chrisdinkel_4E » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:41 pm

Throughout the course, I have just been writing down everything that is on the powerpoint slides and some extra clarification notes from how he explains the concepts. This strategy will probably not work out well in the end because I have no idea to do the homework problems!

Karina Jiayu Xu 4E
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Karina Jiayu Xu 4E » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:51 pm

You can also use an ipad to take notes. Goodnotes 4 or 5 are both really good for note taking and organization.

Brian Kwak 1D
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Brian Kwak 1D » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:36 pm

I use an iPad Pro with notability for hand written notes as well as recording the lectures. After the lecture I take some time to review the notes and periodically try to retrieve the information that he covered in lecture and concepts throughout the week to refresh my memory and using my notes as a reference to see what I missed. I have a little notebook to keep track of the concepts that I am most comfortable with and concepts I am the least comfortable with and focus on those ones I am weak at.

Sophia_Kiessling_2L
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Sophia_Kiessling_2L » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:53 pm

I handwrite everything because I find it hard to remember stuff that I type down and its a lot easier for me to organize my thoughts on paper than it is on a google doc or something like that

Edward Suarez 1I
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Edward Suarez 1I » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:46 am

handwritten, mostly writing whats on the slides + adding on with my own notes on the side based on what he says that isn't on the slide

Kaylee Kang 1G
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Kaylee Kang 1G » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:06 am

I really like using Google docs because it's fast and also, if there are diagrams or anything I can take pictures on my phone and then transfer it right onto my notes.

Mona El Masri 1F
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Mona El Masri 1F » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:48 am

I would definitely take handwritten notes. It is so much easier because of all the math and graphs we have to write out/draw.

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Re: Note Taking

Postby Nicolle Fernandez 1E » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:35 pm

Honestly handwritten notes are the best because one will need to put notations and sometimes google takes to long

Christine Chen 1H
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Re: Note Taking

Postby Christine Chen 1H » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:54 am

Personally, I take notes on my laptop with Microsoft OneNote. I think that it's a lot better than Google Docs bc there are a lot of font options and it's more flexible/note-friendly. To study, I often rewrite my notes so that I fully understand the concepts and redo the problems from lectures. If you have an iPad and an Apple Pencil, Notability is a really nice digital note-taking software.


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