Projects - outline a lecture

Malc Prentice

Source: (link)


In this report, we will practice listening to a short interesting online lecture


1) Visit the TED website (link)

2) When you have chosen a talk

3) Doing an RR outline? Follow the general instructions

Finished your RR outline? Remember!

For SSGB classes!

You are also using the green textbook. Check which one you need for each RR

General tips for listening to lectures

Tips for listening to a lecture

What to listen for.

You do not usually quote lectures, so you do not need to copy every word.

Other practice sources for free lectures

See "Study Skills: Useful Tools and Websites"

Taking notes on lectures

"is" =
"is not"
"number" #
"and" +

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
lectures are usually not organised
Maps are better with disorganised informtion
e.g. if the speaker keeps switching topics
Outlines are also for PLANNING essays. Maps are also good for GETTING IDEAS for essays

OPTION: Try "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) For my class, dont forget questions + APA (add them to the summary box.

6) Review: cover the middle and try to remember using the left column

7) For more info, see (link)

Download "TEMPLATE for RR Cornell style" if you want to type.

If you are going to handwrite the notes, that's OK. Follow the template

Summary of Strategies from the green book

1A: Listen for STRUCTURE and ORDER words so you know where you are

First/Next/Finally/In conclusion/Last

There are three reasons - A, B, and C

Firstly, A

1B: Listen for CAUSES and EFFECTS. Draw them in notes as arrows ---->

X is a result of Y Y, because X X causes Y

2A: Listen for details when speakers ANSWER their OWN QUESTION.

So, what happens when ....

Now, what do we know about X? Well.....

So, what would be an example of X? One example would be...

What did we learn today? Well,...

2B: Listen for important TERMS and DEFINITIONS. Draw them in notes as =


X, that is when DEFINITION X, also called Y

3A: Listen for EXAMPLES:

For example A second example is For instance

3B: Try to predict what you are about to hear.

4A: Listen for Comparisons and Contrasts.

X and Y are both Z X. On the other hand, Y

X, like Y, is Z X. However, Y

X, and likewise, Y. While X, Y.

4B: Listen for SUMMARIES

The central/main/key point is

In conclusion / To conclude

What this means is...

5A: Instructions

You should read You have to look at You need to write

Read Look at Write

5B: Listen for details (numbers, dates, years)