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Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies
February 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Workshop taught by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
This workshop will be jointly led by Dr. Freeman, Director of GCAC, and Jeff Newman, College Librarian, New College. In the workshop we will consider strategies for note-taking during lectures and in response to written texts, the varying benefits of different formats for note taking (by hand, in Word, and/or in a citation management software), and strategies for using spreadsheets to compare what you read in a range of articles. We will explore ways in which a citation management package like Zotero or Mendeley can be used to take, store, organize and manage notes and related materials for a variety of academic tasks. Using electronic tools can both solve and create problems, as can other formats of note taking. In the workshop we will encourage you to reflect on which of your current note-taking habits are serving you well and what new strategies might help you at your current stage of study.