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Note-Taking and Note-Making in Freshman Composition

By: Mark Farrington
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 1
Date: Winter 2000

Summary: Teaching writing in a college class linked to a psychology course, Farrington discovers that by requiring students to read the text before they attend the lecture he can convert them from "note-takers" to "note-makers."



My plan wasn't to hold up my model as the "correct" notes for the class and show each of them where they'd gone wrong. I was genuinely curious to see how their notes would compare to mine, what differences might arise, and why. I participated so that we would all have the same experience, and the same frame of reference.

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