Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cornell Note Taking - helps students improve their study skills

The Cornell Method (2 column notes)

The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes without laborious recopying. After writing the notes in the main space, use the left-hand space to label each idea and detail with a key word or "cue."

Use this Cornell Note Taking Google Docs Template or create your own:
Rule your paper with a 2 ½ inch margin on the left leaving a six-inch area on the right in which to make notes. During class, take down information in the six-inch area. When the teacher moves to a new point, skip a few lines. After class, complete phrases and sentences as much as possible. For every significant bit of information, write a cue in the left margin. To review, cover your notes with a card, leaving the cues exposed. Say the cue out loud, then say as much as you can of the material underneath the card. When you have said as much as you can, move the card and see if what you said matches what is written. If you can say it, you know it.

Organized and systematic for recording and reviewing notes. Easy format for pulling out major concept and ideas. Simple and efficient. Saves time and effort. "Do-it-right-in-the-first-place" system.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Google Add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets

What are Google Docs and Sheets add-ons?  Add-ons are new tools that provide Google users many more features and options in their documents and spreadsheets.

To browse through add-ons for Docs and Sheets, select Get add-ons in the Add-ons menu of any document or new Google Sheets.

Click "Add-ons" > "Get add-ons"

"Once you install an add-on it will become available across all of your documents or spreadsheets and you can start using it right away," according to Google Drive blog. You can always find them in the Add-ons menu.

There are add-ons that easily insert clip-art, find synonyms, create a table of contents, insert maps, create charts from spreadsheets, generate bibliography, check your writing for consistency, add mail merge to Google Docs, print address labels, remove duplicates, create random passwords and more.