- Learn new words for an interesting topic
- Practice reading/listening for meaning
- Practice giving short presentations
- Practice leading a short discussion
What do I do?
1) Choose the thing you want to read/listen to
2) Read/Listen to it.
3) Take a note of the title
4) Take basic handwritten notes.
- Follow the instructions for notes, but this is NOT an official RR, so:
- Do not type and print an outline
- Do not write a summary
- Do not prepare questions
- Do not write an APA reference
5) Think of a short "response". Tell me what you though
- Something you liked/disliked
- My favourite bit was when the speaker/author/main character said...
- My favourite quote was "...", because
- I liked/disliked it when...
- Something you thought/realised
- It made me think...
- It reminded me of...
- I realised that
- Something you decided
- After reading this, I want to...
- Watching this made me want to...
- It made me realise that I should...
- Something you agree/disagree with
- I don't agree with the author/speaker because...
- I agree with the author/speaker because...
- Something you learned
- This article/video taught me that
- Before, I didn't know that
- I learned that
- Something about your learning experience
- This material was too easy/difficult/long/short, so next time I will ...
- The words I learned weren't very useful for my major/life, so next time I will ...
- My time management was bad for this homework, so next time I will...
- I had problems understanding this - my weak point was ..... so next time I will...
What is a good reflection?
- A good reflection is
- AT LEAST 100 characters
- shows you understood and thought about what you read/heard:
- Here are some examples
- I learned about the structure of aurora from this book - it was great because before I didn't know how they happened. I was glad to learn this, and increase my knowledge
- Before I read this SRA card, I knew that there are some kinds of galaxy, but I learned about the different types. I want to know more because I belong to an astronomy club.
- After reading this article, I want to open a café in my hometown to promote special products such as strawberries, so I really want to go to engawa cafes and get ideas
- I learned that sustainability is important, because resources are limited, and I would like to work to solve environmental problems in the future.
- The main character could get his dream, to be a farmer. Reading this book made me want to do my favorite thing for my job too.
- After reading this article, I realised I should eat more fruit and vegetables, because they provide my body valuable vitamins and minerals.
- A bad reflection
- Is less than 100 characters
- Gives a summary (what it said), not a reflection (what you THOUGHT)
- Could be about any topic
- Here are some examples. Why is each bad?
- This was an interesting idea, and I agree with this author
- I learned about types of galaxies
- This article said that they sell typical products from around Japan.
- I liked this article.
How to talk about what you did
- For lectures
- Use "speaker" for someone you heard.
- Use "lecture" or "talk" for the thing.
- Use "watched" or "saw" as verbs (After watching / After I watched)
- For readings
- Use "author" for someone you read.
- Use "book" or "article" for the thing.
- Use "read" as he verb (After reading / After I read)
- For songs
- Use "singer/band"
- Use "song"
- Use "listened to" as he verb (After I listened to)
6) Submit it online
Use this link: (link)
- Scroll down to "Listening and Reading Log" section. Type in:
- What you did (book/news/lecture/SRA)
- The title
- Your response
7) In class
- Present from your notes.
- In class, I will check you made an effort. You need:
- enough notes to give at least a 3 minute presentation
- At the end of semester, I will check you submitted the minimum
- Check your syllabus for your minimum (usually 6 or 0)
- Bonus points available for any report over the minimum
- One bonus point for each extra log done - maximum 5 per term
- You can do ANY of the log activities (book, news, etc) for a bonus
- Maximum bonus is 5 points.
Should I use Mind maps or outlines?
- Outlines are better for reading.
- Maps are better for lectures,
- Outlines are easy when you type.
- Maps are easier when you hand-write
- Outlines are good for organised information
- Maps are better when the speaker jumps back and forward between topics a lot.
- Outlines are also for PLANNING essays.
- Maps are also good for GETTING IDEAS for essays
OPTION: Try "Cornell" style (for when you need to remember the content)
0) Download "TEMPLATE for RR Cornell style"
1) Draw the lines as shown (You can buy Cornell notebooks in Loft)
2) Take notes in the right hand box
3) After class/lecture, write keywords to the left
4) After class lecture, write a summary in the middle
5) Review: cover the middle and try to remember using the left column
6) For more info, see (link)