Study Skills: Note Taking

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live Class: Wed 9:00–10:00 a.m. ET

Dates: Summer 2: July 7–Aug 20

Fall 1: Aug 25–Oct 6, Fall 2: Oct 13–Dec 3

Price: $249

Instructor: Rebecca Robbins

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Course Description

Do you have students who would like to learn and apply a variety of evidenced based note taking strategies that have been proven to advance learning? This course is an engaging introduction to note taking strategies that will stretch and strengthen the student’s attention, perception, and memory. We will engage in robust class discussion and participation.

The objective of this course is to expand a student’s toolbox with outlines, annotating, sketch notes, Doodle notes, infographics, and concept maps. Additional areas covered in this course will include note taking strategies with effective construction and organization of abbreviations, ideas, concepts, relationships, visual icons, sketches, diagramming, and symbols.

I will provide the lectures and emphasize in-class note taking strategies. Students will have ample opportunity to use the strategies across various intriguing subjects.

Course Structure

  • One live Zoom class per week.
  • A module containing weekly assignments that focuses on a note taking strategy, and may include applying that strategy to assigned videos, readings, online discussion forums, with quizzes, projects and tests about the strategy. As the course progresses, strategies may be combined through the weeks.
  • Notes will be a combination of handwritten (which will need to be scanned into a pdf) and typed documents (in .doc format), incorporating different note taking modes. These notes will vary in length, and include the works cited pages when applicable.
  • Students may be requested to upload photos, documents in .docx or pdf, infographics, and Power Point.
  • Students will utilize the Canvas classroom to submit assignments in compatible formats requested for each assignment, and to communicate with the teacher and their fellow students.
  • We may use tools such as Canva, an infographic software, and electronic flashcards such as Quizlet to enhance our strategies. Interactive class exercises and homework assignments are designed to help students generate skills and practice across academic subjects.

Who Should Enroll?  

This class is for 9th-12 grade students who have completed 8th grade reading, handwriting, and typing. These students also should be:

  • Interested in learning how to learn.
  • Willing to adopt new habits for learning.
  • Open to practice and expanding their skills.
  • Interested in stretching their minds to discard fallacies in learning.

High school students should expect to expand and elevate their reading and writing, and increase their understanding of a myriad of words and concepts. They should also possess the fine motor skills of handwriting and typing several pages of information as needed for note taking.

Technology Requirements and Required Materials       

  • A reliable PC or laptop
  • High Speed Internet
  • Scanner/camera phone
  • Web cam
  • Microphone and speaker
  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Adobe Acrobat reader
  • Ability to download files for viewing, editing, and printing.
  • Uploaded files should be in .docx or pdf format.
  • Paper to take handwritten notes (blank and lined) in a spiral pad or 3 hole punched for a binder.
  • Highlighters – (4 colors) yellow, pink, orange, green, or blue
  • Colored pencils – at least 6 colors
  • Pens – black, red, blue
  • Sticky note pads in at least 4 colors (like Post-its, but they can be any brand)
  • Index cards – single pack of 100
  • Permissions to access youtube.com, https://www.ted.com/talks, and varied other online resources.

Evaluation and Feedback

  • All assignments are graded. These include readings, videos, documents, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, notes, forum responses, quizzes, tests, and peer responses.
  • A student’s effort and participation in the class will be a significant portion of their grade.
  • I will provide feedback in the form of comments on submitted work and encourage students to ask questions.
  • I will provide grading for the assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, projects, and tests. Point allotment will depend on the number of questions and the maximum possible points; therefore, point distribution will vary.
  • Assignments provide practice designed to build note taking skills and generate a growth mindset.

Communication and Participation

  • This is a hybrid course. Students are encouraged to attend the live class and engage in the assortment of strategies we practice together, as well as contribute to class discussions and sharing of ideas. You will receive the most benefit from participating in the activities in class.
  • You should plan to log-in several times a week in order to keep up with course assignments. Weekly assignments will be available to view every Wednesday at 9 am.
  • All students are welcomed and encouraged to seek my help. Please feel free to contact me via Canvas with questions.

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Instructor Bio

Rebecca Robbins

I am driven by my passion to learn and desire to empower others to do hard things. I graduated from American International College with Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and later my Master of Physical Therapy. I have homeschooled second grade through high school and taught study skills and science classes to elementary, middle, and high school students at a large homeschool cooperative group. I continue to homeschool my children although my eldest is now a high school junior, dual enrolled in college classes, and my youngest is in early high school. I have been a practicing physical therapist in diverse communities for adolescents and adults for more than twenty years as well as for families needing early intervention for children birth to three-years-old for the last ten years. Developing compassion and love for various cultural, social, and economic diversity in my community has helped me to cultivate my own learning and wellness tools. I have a zeal for health, science, and learning! I love to connect with students in creating courses that blend knowledge and life skills. I value organization, planning, and providing tools and activities that empower students. Join me, together we will uncover your health and learning goals, and equip you with tools to navigate your journey….and earn academic credit too – that is a bonus!!!!!

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