Keeping up with fast talking instructors is a universal challenge for college students. Below are 8 strategies to speed notetaking in class and increase chances of getting valuable lecture information in notes. As you practice using these 8 strategies for speed writing, the pace at which you record notes will increase and you will have more time to listen.
Use Symbols to Replace Words
|Symbol||Word that is replaced||Symbol||Word that is replaced|
|=||equal||>||greater than, more than|
|¹||not equal||<||less than|
|& or +||and||$||money, dollars, value, cost|
|w/||with||vs||versus, against, opposed|
|w/o||without||increasing, improving, rising|
|*||important||¯||decreasing, worsening, falling|
|m or k||thousand|
Use Abbreviations Instead of Whole Words
|Abbreviation||Word that is replaced||Abbreviation||Word that is replaced|
Use First Syllables Instead of Whole Words
|First Syllable||Word that is replaced||First Syllable||Word that is replaced|
Use First Letters Instead of the Whole Words
This is especially useful when a main idea or key word is repeated many times during a lecture.
|First Letter||Word that is replaced|
Omit Vowels from Words
|Voweless Word||Word that is replaced||Voweless Word||Word that is replaced|
Use a "g" Instead of "ing" or "n" Instead of "tion"
|Word Ending||Word that is replaced||Word Ending||Word that is replaced|
Use Numbers and Letters to Replace Syllables
|Shortened Word||Word that is replaced||Shortened Word||Word that is replaced|
Condense by Recording only Key Words
Today we are going to talk about Behavioral Learning Theories of which there are three. In general, Behavioral Theorists focus on observable behavior. One theory of learning based on behavior is Pavlovian Conditioning or Classical Conditioning. This involves a reflexive response associated with a new stimulus. For example, a reflexive response of a dog when he sees food is to salivate. In Classical Pavlovian Conditioning, we can teach a dog to salivate when a bell rings, a new stimulus, by teaching a dog to associate a ringing bell with food.
Another Behavioral Learning Theory is Observational Learning. This occurs when behavior is imitated by another. This behavior is easily seen in children as they imitate parental behavior whether it is desired behavior or not. For example, if children hear parents swear in a moment of anger, it is not unusual to hear children add those words to their burgeoning vocabulary.
A third Behavioral Learning Theory is called Operant Conditioning. This involves taking a voluntary response, desired behavior, and strengthen it using reinforcements. Potty training a child as an example. Parents will praise a child, offer candy or other rewards to encourage repeated toilet use.”
Example of this lecture condensed in notes:
3 Behav. Lrng theories
1. Pavlovian/Classical - assoc. Reflexive resp. w/ new stim.
Ex - dog salivates when hears bell = assoc. W/food
2. Observational - imitate others we see.
Ex. - dad swears and son picks it up.
3. Operant - volun. resp.(desired behav.) strengthen w/ rein.
Ex - toilet training
You get better at that which you practice. If you practice not doing these things, you will get better at that, also.
Dennis H. Congos, Certified Supplemental Instruction Trainer. University of Central Florida