Study Skills: Notetaking

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Class:  Tue 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. ET

Dates (Winter): Jan 8–Feb 23, 2024

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. I will present the essential knowledge of the strategy, model using the strategy, and provide regular practice opportunities with feedback.

The objective of this course is to expand a student’s toolbox with:

  • Academic planning—students will create and submit an academic plan each week
  • Outline Notes
  • Cornell Notes
  • Annotating Fiction, Resources provided for Non-Fiction and Poetry
  • Mind maps / Concept Maps
  • Sketching / Doodling in Notes
  • Abbreviations—weekly creation and adding to their personal list
  • Symbols—adopting common symbols and creation of new ones for speedy notetaking
  • Visuals—level up by using dual coding to minimize text and maximize learning

Course Structure

  • Engage in one live Zoom class per week! Share your questions, comments, flops, and successes!
  • Complete weekly assignments with teacher modeling, in Zoom class participation, and independent practice.
  • Utilize handwriting note taking techniques and scan, save, upload in pdf formats
  • Utilize software to download, and follow along with guide teacher notes, complete and upload pdf format.
  • Communicate in live class and weekly discussion forums with the teacher and fellow students.
  • Optimize dual coding strategies with Canva, an infographic software, and electronic flashcards such as Quizlet to enhance notes with study tools.

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of Note Taking you will be able to…

  1. Recognize and apply the steps of getting organized, planning, and active learning to the organizing and recording of information in various note formats.
  2. Develop, recognize, and use abbreviations, symbols, and visuals logically in notes that can written quickly to speed up your note taking to pace with lectures.
  3. Identify and use a variety of strategies for organizing information beyond linear note taking.
  4. Watch videos, read articles, essays, diagrams, and book excerpts as springboards for identifying key points, understanding relationships, organizing concepts, collaboration with classmates, drawing conclusions, making inferences, active reading (critically), and responding to texts.
  5. Demonstrate beginning research skills by paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing source material in your notes.

Who Should Enroll?  

This class is for students in grades 9-12 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 and a growth mindset.
  • Open to practice and expanding their skills.
  • Willing to discard fallacies in learning.

Technology Requirements and Required Materials       

  • A reliable PC or laptop, webcam, speaker, microphone
  • Scanner/camera phone
  • Ability to download files for viewing, editing, and printing
  • Ability to upload files in pdf format
  • College Ruled notebook paper
  • 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 50
  • Free Canva account
  • Free Quizlet account
  • Permissions to access,, and varied other online resources.

Evaluation and Feedback

All work in this course is graded. I will provide individualized feedback to each student via Canvas. I will have rubrics available for some assignments.

Communication and Participation

  • This is a hybrid course with a highly interactive video/audio on component. 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. It is highly advised that students have webcams and microphones on during live class. You will receive the most benefit from participating in the activities in class and communicating any questions and comments in Canvas.
  • Parent support is highly encouraged in this class with previewing of assignments
  • Student and parent communication is vital for our success together


Please contact me with any course questions. [email protected] New registrants will receive a welcome email with instructions.

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Instructor Bio

Rebecca Robbins

Rebecca Robbins, has home schooled her children for seven years and provided in- person Home School Cooperative group teaching prior to joining Aim Academy. She pursued her love of science, completing a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Master of Physical Therapy. She continues to practice physical therapy and offer Aim Academy courses.

Her courses focus on developing lifelong learning skills, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and sparking curiosity and discovery in the area of science. Integrity and a growth mindset for lifelong learning are foundational values for Rebecca. She seeks to empower students with the academic learning skills for high school and college as well as health and wellness.

In her spare time, you would find Rebecca enjoying her family and dog, being active with friends, enjoying a variety of fitness activities, hiking, biking, swimming, camping, gardening, cooking, and advancing her professional education.

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Email: rrobbins[at]

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