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Listening and Note-Taking

Listening and Note-Taking is an easy-to-learn strategy that helps students identify and quickly capture important information during a lecture, sort main ideas and details as they write, and study their notes to earn the best test grades possible. Listening and Note-Taking is suitable for instruction in core subject courses as well as supplemental skill-based classes.

In one study of 13 undergraduate college students with learning disabilities at a large university in the Midwest, students substantially improved their ability to take notes and correctly answer questions about lecture material after just four hours of instruction in Listening and Note-Taking. Student comprehension increased from a mean baseline performance of 28 percent to a mean post-intervention performance of 76 percent. In a second study of ninth-grade students with and without disabilities, students who learned the Listening and Note-Taking strategy increased the number of main ideas, key words, and details they recorded in their notes.

Please note that professional development, coaching, and infrastructure support are essential components to effective implementation of SIM instructional tools and interventions. It is highly recommended that you work with a SIM professional developer. Please email simpd@ku.edu to learn more.


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Listening and Note-Taking Tutorials

Click Here to watch author Gwen Berry working with students learning Listening and Note-Taking.

Click Here to watch author Gwen Berry discussing Listening and Note-Taking with instructors.