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UNDERSTANDING LECTURES AND NOTETAKING

Below is an extract from a lecture on preventive medicine with examples of acceptable and unacceptable notes.

Well / good afternoon / I would like to talk to you today about the role of preventive medicine / first of all \ I'm going to discuss changes that have been brought about in our own society / and then discuss some of the problems that remain for preventive medicine to tackle / finally / if there is time / I'd like to contrast the targets of preventive medicine in our own society er with the goals of preventive medicine in developing countries.

Lynch, Study Listening, Preventive Medicine, 1983

ACCEPTABLE LECTURE NOTES UNACCEPTABLE LECTURE NOTES
Class 4, Lecture on Preventative Medicine Feb. 6, 2000 preventative medicine changes problems goals-society/dvlpng countries
1) changes in prev. med.
2) problems in prev. med.
3) goals of prev. med. re:
  1. our society
    vs.
  2. developing countries

 

Common errors in notetaking:

  • inappropriate information is selected
  • notes are not readable in ˝ year’s time
  • sources are not recorded
  • original text is copied without paraphrasing, summarizing or quoting
  • proper references are not recorded
  • symbols are not used and notes are not clear
  • organisation of the notes prevent the reader from adding additional information at a later time

OTHER STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND LECTURES

The following strategies can be helpful in the classroom situation:

  • Ask questions
  • Ask for outlines
  • Ask for vocabulary
  • Ask for elaboration/explanation
 



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