We’ve added a new tutorial to the blog! Study Skills – Listening and Taking Notes in Online Courses is a short tutorial that explores simple topics to help you succeed in your online courses. Topics include:
- Why listening to lectures is difficult
- Why it’s important to take notes during lectures
- Is your attitude with you or against you?
- What to do before class to prepare
- What to do during class
- What to write
- How to listen attentively
- What to do after a lecture
Click on the image to view the tutorial.
Super Notes is a free app available in iTunes for the iPhone and iPad. This app allows you to take quick and efficient notes and is great for school, work and daily life. With it you can type, record, or type while recording/playing, and add in photos. Your notes are color coded making them easy to find, and you can set reminders and share your notes. This app is perfect for lectures, meetings, conferences, interviews, debriefings, brainstorming, quick notes, to-do lists, planning, and more. Click on the icon to view more details and to download! (Paid version is also available.)
Review some popular note taking methods in the infographic below and be sure to check out our tutorial on Note Taking!
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We’ve blogged about the importance of note taking before and even created a tutorial for you. Our tutorial highlights specific note taking techniques using pen and paper. But what about taking notes using technology? With technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to take notes using our laptops, tablets or even our phones. But some research has stated that digital note taking may be less effective for learning. A recent article by Beth Holland discusses The 4Ss of Note Taking With Technology. In her article, Ms. Holland states:
“…before making a blanket statement that one device may be better than another (e.g. pen vs. laptop) or calling into question what may be the best note-taking system, what if we approach the concept by identifying what is best for individual students?“
Read her article to review the 4Ss – support, save, search and share; and decide if pen or keyboard works best for you!
Take notes in Chrome using Quick Note – a lightweight desktop note taking app. It can be used as a notepad, scratchpad, clipboard, or to record todo lists. And it’s free from the Chrome Web Store!
Quick Note is:
Quick to add and edit ~ Add note in the app or from right-click menu
Quick to search ~ Instant search for all notes
Quick to access ~ One-click to access your notes
Quick to Sync ~ Sync to cloud and access your notes anywhere
Starting your semester off with good habits is easier than trying to break bad habits halfway through. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start!
Organization play a big role in having a successful semester. Read through your course syllabus and add assignment and due dates to your calendar. Check out our tutorial on Time Management for some tips on finding time, managing time, and avoiding procrastination!
Be realistic about your time
Don’t overcommit yourself. Be cautious about taking on extra responsibilities at home or work, especially if you are taking more than 3 credits.
Taking notes is a key part of being successful in college. Taking notes forces you to pay attention to what you are listening to or reading. Not taking also helps you do a better job of remembering what you learn. We’ve created a great tutorial on Note Taking for lectures as well as for reading.
Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. Find out about three keys to successful studying in our How to Study tutorial.
Maintain your health
With classes underway, you should still aim for getting the same amount of sleep every night. It is important to continue to have free time and exercise time. You should add free time and exercise to your daily calendar just as you would an appointment or class assignment. Eating a healthy diet will also help keep you mentally sharp.
Soon you’ll have papers to write and research to do. Be sure to check out our other tutorials on Basic Grammar, How to Write an Essay, and how to avoid Plagiarism.
Welcome back! Start your fall semester off on the right track! Subscribe to the TIps for Student Success blog and receive email notification when we add new tutorials and post great articles about online learning skills and academic success!
Visit the blog’s tutorial page to view short, online tutorials that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills. Current topics are: Plagiarism, Writing an Essay, Basic Grammar, Note Taking, Test Taking Tips, How to Study, Time Management and Email Etiquette. Feel free to leave comments and email us with suggestions for future tutorials or posts. We’re here to help you succeed!
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Here are 10 Tips to Help You Pass Online College by Lori Greenberg at Classes and Careers. Read the short article for more information on each tip!
- Accept that online doesn’t mean faster
- Practice good time management*
- Pay attention to course requirements and scheduling
- Pay attention to body mechanics
- Know your distractions*
- Engage with other students and create interaction
- Notes are not just for classrooms*
- Manage your space, but not the way you think
- Be tech savvy*
- Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
*Remember, we have short tutorials to help you be more successful in your online classes: time management, how to study, note taking, email etiquette, and more!
Are you signed up for summer semester? Don’t forget about the many tutorials designed to help you be more successful in your classes! We currently have the following short tutorials available:
- Time Management
- Test Taking Tips
- Basic Grammar
- Email Etiquette
- How to Study
- Note Taking
- How to Write a Basic Essay
You can view the tutorials on your computer or iPad. Be sure to check them out!
This tutorial explains the importance of taking notes when you read and attend class. It also includes some specific note taking techniques you can use throughout your college career. In this tutorial you will learn: Continue reading