Unit 4 Overview–Listening and Note-Taking; Unit Terms

Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening. –Jeanette Winterson

 Topics, Objectives, Materials, Terms, To-Do List


This unit covers the following focus points:

  • Listening skills, verbal and nonverbal
  • Active listening
  • Note-taking formats and styles
  • How to discern key information from lectures and textbooks for note-taking
  • When TO take notes and when NOT to take notes
  • How to deal with a fast talker
  • How to use notes to review


After you have completed this unit you should be able to:

  • Understand how to take notes during lectures
  • Understand how to take notes from textbooks and other materials
  • Understand verbal, non-verbal, and print clues to help you take focused notes
  • Understand and use Cornell-style notes
  • Understand and use other note-taking formats


  • Student made or downloaded Cornell note-taking forms
  • e-book, “How to Learn Like a pro!” (instructor may require some materials to be downloaded)

Terms (These terms also appear in the Glossary of Terms)

NOTE: the definitions are adapted and/or abbreviated from the original.

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To-Do List


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