Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Techniques for encouraging students to take (better) notes during class

Most of us assume that students know the importance of taking good class notes.  But perhaps some don't.  This column from the ProfHacker over at the Chronicle of Higher Ed asks teachers in the reader-comment section to suggest ways we can get students to take better notes.  An obvious one is simply to explain to students the importance of taking good notes and then drop occasional reminders by saying:  "You should write this down!"   Another popular suggestion is to give "open note quizzes" that require students to rely on notes from previous classes to answer the questions.  Yet another suggestion is to implement a class-related wiki that models for students what good notes look like.

You can read more, as well as contribute your own ideas, here.


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