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My ds is a rising sophomore. He's a pretty smart cookie with a good memory, so his note taking skills are poor! However, I know this is a skill he needs to develop now! Does anyone have suggestions for a short course or workbook even that we could use before we resume homeschooling in late August? Thanks so much!

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Oh that sounds interesting! 
I usually have my kids watch How to Become a Superstar Student from Great Courses, it has a lecture on note taking and some others you might find helpful. I believe it’s on GCPlus as well. 
I would also look on YouTube for a video on Cornell Notes. 

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There are two simple workbooks I can recommend but they're both geared for upper elementary and middle school.  The first one was recommended in the 3rd edition of TWTM for the logic stage and is only available as a PDF download. I printed it our copy. It is Note Taking & Outlining by Q. L Pearce. It's a Frank Schaffer Publication. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Outlining-Grades-Schaffer-Publications/dp/0742418308/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Note+Taking+%26+Outlining+Frank+Schaffer+Publications&qid=1596217431&s=books&sr=1-1

The other is also a workbook titled Note Taking by Deborah White Broadwater. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Note-Taking-Grades-Lessons-Research/dp/1580372538/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Note+Taking+by+Deborah+White+Broadwater&qid=1596217612&s=books&sr=1-1

I'll be following the post in case someone  recommends a good resource for the high school level 🙂.  Hope this helps.

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This website shows several note-taking methods.  

Once you decide on a style of note-taking, I suggest you watch a lecture together and each of you take notes.  After five minutes, stop it and discuss what you each wrote and why.  Then continue, stopping every so often to discuss.  Be sure he doesn't think your way is the only "right" way!  Discussing and comparing is just to help him see what a more experienced note-taker would write down.

As for how to use notes to study, this method is more or less what my college student does, with great success.

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30 minutes ago, klmama said:

This website shows several note-taking methods.  

Once you decide on a style of note-taking, I suggest you watch a lecture together and each of you take notes.  After five minutes, stop it and discuss what you each wrote and why.  Then continue, stopping every so often to discuss.  Be sure he doesn't think your way is the only "right" way!  Discussing and comparing is just to help him see what a more experienced note-taker would write down.

As for how to use notes to study, this method is more or less what my college student does, with great success.

Thank you! That's a great idea. (I mean, my way is the right way, of course, but I'll entertain other ways! HA!)

31 minutes ago, stlily said:

There are two simple workbooks I can recommend but they're both geared for upper elementary and middle school.  The first one was recommended in the 3rd edition of TWTM for the logic stage and is only available as a PDF download. I printed it our copy. It is Note Taking & Outlining by Q. L Pearce. It's a Frank Schaffer Publication. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Outlining-Grades-Schaffer-Publications/dp/0742418308/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Note+Taking+%26+Outlining+Frank+Schaffer+Publications&qid=1596217431&s=books&sr=1-1

The other is also a workbook titled Note Taking by Deborah White Broadwater. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Note-Taking-Grades-Lessons-Research/dp/1580372538/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Note+Taking+by+Deborah+White+Broadwater&qid=1596217612&s=books&sr=1-1

I'll be following the post in case someone  recommends a good resource for the high school level 🙂.  Hope this helps.

I'll definitely take a look at those. I'm not opposed to middle school level if it makes it easy to understand. Appreciate the help.

40 minutes ago, Plum said:

Oh that sounds interesting! 
I usually have my kids watch How to Become a Superstar Student from Great Courses, it has a lecture on note taking and some others you might find helpful. I believe it’s on GCPlus as well. 
I would also look on YouTube for a video on Cornell Notes. 

That sounds interesting! I'll take a look at that Great Courses option!

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3 hours ago, Plum said:

Oh that sounds interesting! 
I usually have my kids watch How to Become a Superstar Student from Great Courses, it has a lecture on note taking and some others you might find helpful. I believe it’s on GCPlus as well. 
I would also look on YouTube for a video on Cornell Notes. 

 

Plum beat me to the punch. My two 16 year olds got a lot out of How to Become a Superstar Student from Great Courses. I watched it w/ them and thought it was great.

And. . . just adding: there's a point in one of SWB's (man) lessons that teaches kids how to listen and remember during a lecture which means your guy is doing great. 🙂

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Out of curiosity, those of you who used the Great Courses lectures, which instructor did you use?  First edition with Tim McGee or 2nd edition with Michael Geisen?  Have you seen both to compare?  

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2nd edition. I don’t think I saw the original. IIRC Geisen had a sense of humor that appealed to my middle schooler 

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35 minutes ago, theelfqueen said:

Note a note taking course but the Crash Course Study Skills video series (youtube) was a nice resource for my kid who thought superstar student was NEVERENDING and too much. 

Thanks! That's a great place to start!

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