Encourage your students not to be passive listeners, but to be an active part of the learning process. One of the successful ways to be active is to take notes during the explanation. If they take notes, they process information better and become decent debaters by encouraging critical thinking.
Technological advances have slowed down our thinking process. We have become passive observers. During lectures, easily through a technological device, the professor’s voice can be recorded from beginning to end. But how valuable is this? Our thoughts wander everywhere and we are only physically in a lecture hall.
Before, most of the listeners in the auditorium did not have a recording device and the only way to memorize the lecture was to take notes. Thus, the materials were preserved. The writing process required great attention and concentration, which means that the student focused 100% on the lesson.
Students if taking notes are:
1- More preoccupied
3- They are not passive recipients of information
4- They process and synthesize the material in real time
5- Improve short-term and long-term memory
What should we suggest to high school students?
– To keep notes of the most important points. Not everything you hear should be recorded. Information is selected.
– If you do not understand something during the explanation, write it down in your notepad and at the end ask your teacher or lecturer.
– Use sketches. Sketching or visual recording means visualizing ideas.
– In addition to what the professor says, write down your opinion, of course on the issue that you consider most important. Your opinion is very valuable.
– Use the “Smart Map”. In the middle of the notebook write the most important idea and on the side the least important ideas.
Students after you have followed these tips, you will understand how easily a lesson is absorbed. Everything is discussed in class, without creating any kind of ambiguity or confusion.
Teacher, through this method, you will not have to return to a concept for the umpteenth time. Of course, in the beginning, the students may not be enthusiastic, but by motivating them, you will succeed!