Some people might think, “Taking notes? Not a big deal! I just write down what I hear.” If you can do that, you’re lucky. Now consider writing down only a small part of what you hear. If you know any shorthand methods , you’re lucky again. Most people don’t know shorthand. You have to take notes as effectively as possible since this is a key factor in your success on the TOEFL exam which, in turn, can be important in fulfilling your dreams of working or studying in the United States. Jaime’s excellent course can help you learn how to take notes well.
In a previous entry, I wrote about my TOEFL experiences. On the TOEFL exam there are lectures and conversations that you have to listen to in the lis-tening (obviously), speaking and writing sections. Without taking notes, you can understand the main ideas, but you probably won’t remember many details that would be important in answering the multiple choice questions in the listening section or summarizing a lecture or conversation in the speaking and writing sections. I tried the following in 2012, before I knew about Jamie’s “Right Notes” course:
- First, I did a whole listening section from the Thomson TOEFL Practice CD. I took notes as best I could. I got a score of 24 out of 30. This score showed my lack of skill in taking good notes.
- In two weeks, I forgot almost everything from these lectures and conversations. With-out taking notes, I did the same exercises again. I got a score of only 15. This meant that I did not recognize many important elements.
From my personal experience, I can tell you that taking notes is seriously important.
What can Jamie provide? Her course is called “Right Notes – Essential Concepts”. It is a 3 week online course. You can do the course in 21 days, but you get access to the learning material on the internet for six months. It's important to know that during the first three weeks of your access, you can access only one new section of material per day. You can take a look back, but you can’t jump the gun (jump the gun means ‘to start doing something too soon’). Oops, an idiom! I love American idioms, so later I’ll return to them.