Two-Column Notes

Note-taking is centeral to learning in all disciplines---learning from print, from classroom presentations and discussions, video and electronic texts. Two-column notes provide students with an organized format for recording notes and for determining importance, self-questioning, and synthesizing.

To prepare notebook paper for two-column not, students draw a vertical line down the left side of the page, leaving a left column of about two and a half inches. This is the recall column, left blank during initial note taking. The right side column, about six inches wide, is where students write notes in whatever manner preferred. Their notes represent decisions about what is important and should be detailed enough to make sense and be useful as a future study aid.

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