Notetaking Strategies (Part 2)-Sticky Notes

  Sticky Note Notes

This strategy entails having the student have lots of sticky notes.  Whatever size works for them and if they want lines or no lines, up to them.  The stared steps are not neccessary when reading a novel or story, only for content material like science, history, etc.

*Step 1:  Student glances though  and find subtitles and writes on individual sticky notes a phrase, one word or entire subtitle.

Step 2:  Begin reading, after reading a paragraph, page or section (depending on their level of reading comprehension and what can be retained) After each section, page or paragraph she is to write on the sticky note in own words main concept from that section or what happened in that section. 

Step 3:  Read next section, paragraph or page and repeat Step 2. 

The sticky notes above are actually stuck inside the book, preferably hanging off the edge and sticking out of the book.  These may remain in the book for a period of time or removed and placed inside a spiral notebook in order. Keeping them in the book, makes it easy to glance through sticky notes for a refresher on what was read yesterday and finding answers to comprehension questions.

Step 4: After the chapter, unit, section is read and complete, the student will want to remove the stickynotes and place them into a notebook in order.  This provides a quick summary of the entire material read in the student’s own words.   The student now has it all on a few pages.  It’s a beautiful thing.  A study guide is now ready for preparing for a test.

 *Please note that the notes written down can be done visually as pictures.  No one says the sticky notes have to have words on them.



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