Note taking is very important technique to learn, especially the further you get in you studies.
Note taking does not mean spending hours of reading and making notes. It mean just spending a 1 hour to 2 hours a week. but a small amount or time making key notes and notes that will remind you of a area of a topic. The more you learn the technique of note taking the quicker it will take,
Note taking in important for all subject, but some subject are more important than other subjects for note taking.
But within note taking their are 2 types of note taking. These 2 types of the note taking are:-
- Note taking from a book
- Note taking from and on paper
Note taking and Planning are very important, not just for a dyslexic student. We note take and plan everything we do, for example when going shopping.
- How are you going to travel
- The route
- What you want to buy (shopping list on paper or in mind.)
- Which shops can you get what you need
- Which shops are going to be the cheapest
Note Taking From Book
How to note take from a book:-
- First thing read what you are going to take notes from. The first read should be scanning. And read again with all the normal reading. This will allow you to remember also what you are reading.
- Second thing – get a high-lighter pen, 2 high-lighter pen, 2 different colour. If you have Scroptic sensitivity use 2 pens which allow you to read and not cause problems with glare of the page.
- Third thing – go through what you had read and start high-lighting piece or areas of information that you might need for notes. When high-lighting key area or words should be high-lighted.
For example here is what you should high-light in their paragraph:-
Bill is going to the shop tomorrow and he is going to buy some bananas and some other fruits and vegetables. He is going to buy some chicken and some fish as well.
This technique will allow you to read it again and remember key area or points of information. The information that is important you the dyslexic. The reason for not just high-lighting the whole chapter is because you are cutting through the chapter and allow you to remember each new bold area as a picture and not just a whole chapter. You are cutting out the information that does not really need to be there for a dyslexic to read.
- Fourth thing – When going through your notes use a pencil and place little notes headings or your own little notes around the types or writing on the pages.
Note Taking From and Onto Paper
Note taking from and onto paper is more important than notes from and onto books. (above advise).This is because note taking onto paper will be mainly in class time. The note taking is important because the information in class will be given by someone who understands the work needed to learned for you the student. (the teacher).
This type of note taking technique should be learned and learned. If you don’t do this technique probably you might miss some important information that might be needed in coursework or exams.
These notes will be used mostly for revision and reading up on for coursework preparation.
How to do this note taking:-
- Firstly on the paper place details like, title of class and description of session, date of class.
- Use clear plain paper with lines
- Use a book of paper – this is because you can keep all your notes together,
- The way is best for dyslexic students to do this style of notes is by using bullet points and arranging the bullet point with title headings
For example –
First title – What is dyslexia
Second – General facts
- 10% of the population have dyslexic
- 30% girls / 70% boys
- Another way to do notes taking is by using spider diagrams. This will allow you to use your memory and picture thinking for generating the notes and remember what the spider diagram is about.
For example :-
This spider diagram is just a quick and easy, but a spider can be bigger and in more depths. But for a dyslexic student is class, it is simple for just doing key words and terms. Spider diagrams are very good for ways to revise. Because it allow the student to remember in a picture format and allow the student to remember the diagram and then remember what is on the diagram to remember the key points.
Do not just think that bullet point technique and the spider diagram is just good for class-work, they can also be good for planning and reminding yourself what needs doing. It is up to you which of these techniques are in best use for you.
Remember these techniques are very good for you the dyslexic student because it allows you to use your picture thinking.