I. Processing Information: Going Beyond Memory- you must become involved with material; learning takes place when we gather, analyze, create, act.
A. Four Essential Functions for Learning- going further then memory using gathering, analyzing, creating and acting.
1. Gathering- using our senses to put new and old information together forming new material; reading road signs.
2. Analyzing- reflecting and finding more meaning through the information; considering alternative courses.
3. Creating New Ideas- understanding the data that we reflect through concrete experiences; using new ideas to predict if we go a different course it will be faster.
4. Acting- challenging the knowledge we gained; researching the information to learn more about the topic.
B. Essential Functions of Learning and the Question in the Margin System- put what you learn in a way you understand it to make a hypothesis that you will dynamically test.
II. Relating Information Processing to Learning Principles- understand and remember the important notes from lectures.
III. Listening Skills- listen carefully and get the important information from the lecture.
IV. Taking Notes- helps you absorb the information while writing and understanding it processing it all more effectively.
V. Using the Question in the Margin System for Lectures- left side for questions, right for notes, bottom for putting it in your own words; no full sentences, important and key information only.
A. Controlling the Amount and Form of Information- write only what’s important down; question-and-answer system.
B. Before You Begin- notebook, 2 inches of left side margin for questions, wide right side for notes, top margin shows date, pg. numbers, topic, class. C. Six Steps- successful note taking forms; what to write down.
1. Record what is said – put what was said in very few of your own words that you easily understand. 2. Question- key word