Putting Pen to Paper for the Online Student – Tips for Taking Notes
Congratulations – you’ve made it through the first few weeks of the 2017-2018 school year! As teachers and students take a deeper dive into the content of their courses, finding ways to stay accountable and ensure you’re a captive audience is critically important.
At CalPac, most classes contain electronic notes embedded in their distance learning course. When it comes to checking in, progress or retention issues, and even needing resets, e-notes are one of the first place teachers go to see what kind of notes a student took during their lessons. Online learning can be tricky. It’s not always to discern common sense from a key concept. Cornell Notes, linked below, is a great resource to utilize as you learn to take notes effectively.
We all know how easy it is to get distracted while learning from a virtual setting. Sometimes students need a guide to help them get started in the note taking process. Notes are a personal thing. Some students don’t find notes helpful. Some have a hard time taking notes from an online. And some students just don’t even know where to start to create resourceful, helpful, and focused notes. Taking notes – in a traditional or online academic setting – can seem tedious but it’s a key to student success.
Below, you’ll find several links to different pages on Cornell Notes. These pages give strategies and helpful hints for note-taking, organizing, and more. If you ever have questions about what to write down, how to paraphrase a concept, or how to keep track of practice problems, don’t hesitate to ask your teachers – we’re here to help!
Taking Notes from a Taped Lecture (many comments here apply to our virtual setting)
Taking Notes When the Teacher Talks Fast (although some of this one does not pertain to our virtual classrooms)
Taking Notes from Reading Material (can be useful with online content in the lessons)
Having a notebook in math or science classes along with enotes will add to better recall of the information. Some teachers even allow you to use your notes for quizzes and exams. Useful notes will help you better organize course content and understand the material. Happy writing!