Instructor's Guide

Quizzes, Reflective Questions and Activities

Following are the assignments embedded in the Note-Taking tutorial:


Relationship to Other iStudy Tutorials

This tutorial is related to other tutorials on personal effectiveness, including active listening, active reading, time management, project management, interview skills, stress management, conflict management, peer tutoring, and brainstorming. Therefore, it is recommended that instructors introduce this tutorial to students in conjunction with other personal effectiveness tutorials.


Suggested In-Class Methods of Presentation

In-Class Activity

The instructor should select a topic and have students review materials on the topic prior to meeting in class. The instructor should then give a short lecture on the material (between 10 to 15 minutes). Students should take notes on the content presented by the instructor.

Students then review the process by which they took notes. This review can serve as the basis for an in-class discussion about different methods students use to determine importance based on what the instructor says. Groups can be formed to discuss their methodology and then report on their insights/learning.


Assessment Criteria

Through observing both the group's and the individual's activity, the instructor may assess student performance. Assessment criteria are as follows (Instructors supply the percentage weights):



Assessment Criteria





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The student can list effective note-taking principles.




The student can apply effective note taking principles in actual note-taking during the in-class activities.


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The student can give his/her examples regarding how effective note-taking positively affects his/her overall personal effectiveness.