Note Taking Pairs
Note Taking Pairs allows students to take turns sharing notes after lecture segments of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. In the first iteration, Student A shares their notes with Student B recapping the main ideas and important details from the lecture while Student B listens, compares notes, and helps to fill in any gaps. Once complete, they return back to the lecture to receive more content. Next, the role between students is reversed. Student B presents their notes from the most recent segment of the lecture to Student A. This cycle continues until the end of the lecture. In this manner, students become the pedagogues, teaching each other and reviewing the content at the same time. Cycling through a process like this that combines lecturing as the passive delivery mode of information with collaboration and practice through summarization and explanation of notes, effectively combines the transmission of information with more engaging peer-to-peer interactions. This technique is especially good for large, first-year survey courses and is ideally suited to help students practice note-taking strategies. And, it does not require any advanced preparation and can be applied in nearly all disciplines.