Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting is a simple and effective notetaking program that is essential to student academic success. Notetaking is a major component in learning and understanding how to recognize and identify main ideas, key facts and details. Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting will also teach the student how to record notes in various formats and how to utilize notetaking when studying or reviewing for an exam. Worksheets and practices are included in many of the chapters. What makes Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting different from other notetaking curriculums is that it teaches a form of shorthand to notetaking. They will also be guided through developing their own, personal speedwriting system. Included at the back of the book is an extensive, alphabetized catalog of Commonly Used Words and Their Speedwriting Abbreviations. Taking effective notes, whether by hand or on a computer/tablet, helps the student to retain information on what has been said or written down long after the lecture or classroom lesson is over. Whether you are taking notes from a book, for research, from a lecture, from a recording or from media/online resources, Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting will give you the tools to retain information and master the skill of notetaking.
Kristine Setting Clark is a University of San Francisco graduate and has authored the following books: Simply English: The Eight Parts of Speech, Skill Building for ESL and Special Education and Sports for All: Creating An Intramural Sports Program for Middle and High School Students.
Chapter 1: The Importance of Notetaking.
Chapter 2: Speedwriting - A Shortcuts to Notetaking – Common Abbreviations
Chapter 3: Creating Your Own Personalized Notetaking System
Chapter 4: A Prescription For Successful Notetaking
Chapter 5: How to Focus
Chapter 6: Look and Listen for the Clues
Chapter 7: Practicing With a Recorder
Chapter 8: How to Take Notes During a Lecture
Chapter 9: Highlighting the Facts
Chapter 10: When the Chapter is Too Long
Chapter 11: How to Take Notes During a News or Subject Interview
Chapter 12: How to Take Notes During a Meeting & How to Take Minutes During a Meeting
Chapter 13: Compare, Contrast and Lists
Chapter 14: Test Yourself!
Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting is one of the only books that easily and gently guides students through the ups and downs of deciding which information is relevant and which is not. The fact that speedwriting is also incorporated into the program allows the student to write quickly and effectively.
The program encourages students to improve their research skills and allows them to retain what they have read. It also teaches them to develop strategies to effective notetaking and speedwriting from lectures, social media and more. I am a high school Study Skills instructor and the information provided by Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting has become an invaluable tool for my students.
The Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting program is exactly what I have been looking for to accompany my middle school Study Skills curriculum. This is the age where students begin to learn how to take notes – comprehensive notes - efficiently and effectively. This textbook is easy to understand and allows the student the tools for success.
Notetaking is a skill that needs to be learned and developed. Simply Notetaking and Speedwriting is a curriculum that simplifies the drudgery of taking notes. Whether the notes are from a textbook or a lecture, I have found improvement within my students’ level of comprehension and recall of information. The speedwriting section of the text has been an immense help for my class as they have learned to create and use their own style of shorthand. I highly recommend this program for all teachers as it will increase your students’ understanding of how to take effective notes regardless of the course.