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Student Services: Academic Support

Student Academic Support Services (SASS) is the place to go if you need help succeeding academically. Located in Pope John Paul II Center, Room 210, we provide tutoring, testing services, disability services, and more.

A student who is taking notes in class

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Note Taking Techniques 

Make Note Cards: Use for initial learning or self testing

  1. Terminology (Write term on front and definition on back.)
  2. Steps of a Process (On front write the name of the process and on the back write one of the steps or stages and a brief description. Mix cards and put the steps in order, explaining as you go.)
  3. Parts of Items (List part and whole on front; show or explain relationship between items on back)

Outlining:  Breaking down material to show relationships between ideas or events

  1. Formal (Structure it as if you were outlining a book or a research paper.)
  2. Informal (Use bulleted or numbered lists and/or indentation to emphasize main ideas and sub-points)
  3. Abbreviation (Use abbreviations for words often used e.g. "w/" for "with; "&" for "and")
  4. Reorganize Notes After a Test (Add to notes or highlight in notes information that was on the test )

Cornell Note Page:  A Way to Organize Notes to Create Your Own Study Guide

  1. Make a margin on the left side of the paper, allowing about one third of the page for this column.
  2. Take notes from lecture or reading on the two-thirds of the page to the right of the margin, as usual.
  3. In later review of notes, in the left margin condense and organize material by writing out key points, terms, or questions from the lecture or reading, thereby creating your own study guide and perhaps identifying gaps in understanding.