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  • Welcome to our lesson.

  • Please listen carefully

  • and make notes.

  • First one: before you listen.

  • Don't note

  • everything down.

  • And to save space,

  • use abbreviations.

  • And a quick and clear way

  • to show relationships

  • is to use symbols.

  • Whoa there.

  • Not easy, is it?

  • Taking notes while

  • listening is challenging.

  • So, first off,

  • here are three ways

  • to help you listen

  • more effectively.

  • Number one.

  • Don't worry

  • if you don’t get every word.

  • Just try to focus

  • on the main points.

  • Number two.

  • If you miss a bit,

  • don’t keep thinking about it.

  • You'll miss even more

  • if you do that.

  • Number three.

  • If it's a video

  • or audio file,

  • pause and replay

  • important or difficult bits.

  • Now,

  • ten top tips

  • for taking better notes

  • while listening.

  • First one.

  • Before you listen,

  • gather information.

  • Read relevant course materials.

  • Anticipate what's

  • going to appear.

  • You can research

  • key words and phrases

  • in advance,

  • so you're not surprised

  • when you hear them.

  • Another tip.

  • Don't note

  • everything down.

  • Take shortened notes.

  • Think about what's

  • useful and what

  • you can leave out.

  • And to save

  • space and time,

  • use abbreviations

  • when you can.

  • And a quick

  • and clear way to

  • show relationships

  • is to use symbols.

  • For example:

  • 'equal to',

  • 'therefore',

  • and arrows.

  • Lots of arrows!

  • In fact,

  • if you really love arrows,

  • you might prefer

  • a mind map

  • or a flow chart

  • to show how things connect.

  • Or you might prefer

  • to write simple

  • lines of notes.

  • But don’t forget,

  • you can use capital letters,

  • underlining,

  • colours

  • and shapes

  • to help information

  • stand out.

  • Choose the style

  • that works best for you.

  • Phew!

  • By now you're probably

  • taking a lot of notes.

  • But this is important:

  • leave some

  • white space

  • so you can add thoughts

  • and clarify things later.

  • And while you're listening:

  • a warning.

  • How will you know if

  • you're noting down

  • a fact

  • or an opinion?

  • If the speaker is just

  • giving an opinion

  • or if the speaker is

  • quoting someone else,

  • make this clear in your notes.

  • Is there a handout

  • for the lecture?

  • If so,

  • you can use this

  • as a basis

  • for your own notes,

  • adding your own thoughts,

  • rather than

  • copying it out.

  • And, once you've finished,

  • remember to reread

  • your notes

  • to help the information stick.

  • And rewrite your notes

  • soon after taking them,

  • to help them

  • stay in the memory.

  • There we are.

  • Ten top tips.

  • Now, try watching this

  • whole video again,

  • and this time

  • take your own notes!

  • Good luck.

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    Samuel posted on 2017/10/26
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