Tuesday, 25 October 2016


I am in a hall right now listening to the performance of my students after the first continuous assessment test. 

I took my time noting the opinion of those who came out in flying colors, while some observed that reading their notes each day after class helped, others ascribed their success to reading variety of textbooks and preparing questions for the teacher to throw more light on the subject…

Then I started writing this to back up their points. It is a rejoinder to the first piece published couple of days ago. It is aimed at explaining the art of listening and taking notes in the class, the benefits et al. 

Multi-tasking is a skill that is in high demand. Simply put, it entails doing several things at the same time successfully. 

In the classroom scenario one type of multi-tasking which I would like every child to master is the art of listening and taking notes. 

By using the word MASTER, it means that such an art is not as simple as you may think. 

Many students prefer to listen and then read their notes after they have copied it. 

In most cases, by the time they access their notes, they remember little or nothing about the topic. And if you're dealing with subjects like biology, you will understand how scary bulky notes can be to students. 

But from my frequent dealing and interaction with students, I have come to appreciate the art of writing and listening at the same time. 

Sometimes, students say it distracts them from listening effectively. But writing does not necessarily mean putting down everything the teacher has said from A - Z. 

It entails the ability to listen and pick out sensitive words, phrases or sentences while the lesson is going on. 

Beneath are other advantages you can garner from listening and writing in the class as well... 

Listening and writing serves as a faucet when opened will remind you of other things that took place that day during the lesson. 

Secondly it is a fact that notes are mere summary of facts and points. So when you listen and write, there's a high chance of you picking up extra points which may not be in the note. 

Another point you must note is that half of what is said during the lesson period will never be in the note. What is written is written but when one speaks, ideas pop in which allows for further explanation as the lesson goes on. 

Now when you repeatedly do this, it makes you write very fast which is an important skill you must possess to be effective in the university environment and wherever you may find yourself. 

This art of taking notes in the class is called jotting. I was introduced to it in JSS1. Till date I have no regrets.

They are many other reasons why you must take note in the class or jot and listen at the same time. 

Make it a habit - do it repeatedly from today. In a couple of months, you will notice some difference. 

Do you consider this tips helpful, do leave your comments, opinion below. It has helped me a great deal.

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