Students are typically not naturally adept at efficient and effective note taking. In my experience, students either try to write down each idea word for word during a lecture or discussion or take very limited notes. I’m always looking for new strategies to support my students to develop better strategies. Thanks to Richard Reis’ excellent Tomorrow’s Professor newsletter (click here to subscribe), I picked up a tip that I’m going to try this semester: Note-Taking Pairs. Here’s the brief abstract of the approach. Visit the post to get the full text.
In Note-Taking Pairs, student partners work together to improve their individual notes. Working with a peer provides students with an opportunity to revisit and crosscheck notes with another source. Partners help each other acquire missing information and correct inaccuracies so that their combined effort is superior to their individual notes.