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CoLT 7 Note-taking pairs
Group Size Pairs
Time on Task5-15 Minutes
Duration of Groups Single to Multiple Sessions
Online Transferability Moderate
Description and Purpose:
"In Note-Taking Pairs, student partners work together to improve their individual notes. Working with a peer provides students with an opportunity to revisit and cross-check notes with another source. Partners help each other acquire missing information and correct inaccuracies so that their combined effort is superior to their individual notes.Being able to take good notes is an important learning skill, yet many students are poor note takers; their notes are incomplete and inaccurate. The purpose of this CoLT is to provide students with a structured activity to pool information, fill in gaps, check for and correct mistakes, and help each other learn to be better note takers. Although Note-Taking Pairs was originally designed to improve lecture notes, teachers now also use it to help students improve their notes on reading assignments and other kinds of learning activities." — Collaborative Learning Techniques, Barkley, EF, Cross, KP and Major, CH, 2005 

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