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Taking Notes while you read

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Taking Notes while you read
by Megan De - Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 1:23 PM

Is there anyone here that would recommend taking notes while reading? for instance the ICD-10 draft book, the pathophysiology book etc as some of the reading can get a bit dry. I'm just trying to find some ways the information will stick as there is a lot of it.

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Re: Taking Notes while you read
by Instructor Peggy - Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:50 PM

Yes, absolutely!  You should be taking notes while reading!  That is the best, if not the only, way to learn!  

Reading "over and over and over" does not work.  You have to read actively, which means reading to extract information.  Read, then summarize it in writing.  You will begin to put it together that way.  That enables you to remember it.

Skim over the material first, then read small sections and take notes.

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Re: Taking Notes while you read
by Anne Pe - Monday, 24 October 2016, 11:48 AM

I usually read first and highlight, and then skim again, talking brief notes on the parts that didn't stick.

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Re: Taking Notes while you read
by Laury H - Sunday, 15 September 2019, 2:05 PM

Hi Peggy,

I like the "Pretend You Are a Teacher" method. I love teaching (I have a BS in Elementary Ed); unfortunately I don't enjoy managing a classroom. I like small groups or 1:1. or rather, me:me. My daughter in law is a COTA. The poor thing wrote down important points over and over and over, similar to a child whose been punished and instructed to do the same thing. She aced the degree and makes great money but I'm steering clear of her approach to studying, even tho I love her dearly. My little (but very tall) Megan. I've known her since she was 15. 

Anyway, enough waxing poetic. Thanks Peggy :)))