CONCEPT 0. The C-C note-taking technique
Note-taking can be a useful comprehension-building and memory-building technique, if it’s done “consciously”, or it can be a distraction if it’s done randomly.
By consciously, I mean used as an intentional process of “capturing” cues from what you’re listening to and then – immediately or shortly after listening – “creating” the personal meaning you want to take away from what you have captured. You may well be able to capture-and-create without note-taking (most of us do this all day long), but note-taking can make the process more reliable and more permanent.
Here’s the technique:
On a sheet of paper – or in a computer file — draw a single vertical line to make two columns. Left = Capture, Right = Create.
While you are listening, take notes – key words, phrases, or ideas – ONLY on the left side.
|Capture (now)||Create (later)|
|Topic: purpose of note-taking Capture what you want to remember||Paraphrase: in your own words Evaluate: This is interesting because…|
two phases of note-taking: capturing and creating
reviewing and “reworking” notes is essential for retention