5 Ways to Use Guided Notes

Decorative: "Guided Notes"


"Break Up Your Lecture with Guided Notes: 5 Ways to Help Students Stay Focused, Engaged, and On Task" (pdf) outlines some practical strategies for using guided notes to "hel[p] students build their capacity to stay focused for longer periods of time and re-focus more quickly when their attention span lapses and they get off track."

    1. What Are Guided Notes?

    • "Guided notes are outlines of the lecture material, but they are incomplete."
    • They "leave space for students to fill in their notes on their own during class time (or as they watch a video, listen to a podcast, or read)."
    • "You give them the structure and overview, and they are responsible for filling in the details."

    2. Why Use Guided Notes? (Each point is expanded in the pdf.)

    • To "encourage ongoing engagement and help students stay focused"
    • To "help students organize information"
    • To provde "the ultimate study guide."
    • To "make it easier (and more transparent) for you to create exams/tests"
    • To "help you organize information, pace your lecture, avoid information overload"

    3. Five Ways to Use Guided Notes in your Courses (Each point is expanded in the pdf.)

    • "Combine guided notes with a pair/share activity ... to help [students] fill in any gaps or address areas of confusion."
    • "Insert a blank slide into your slide deck ... [to] pique students’ curiosity and pause the flow of information during your lecture."
    • "Provide a digital and fillable version of your guided notes ... [to] [p]ut those laptops to work during class time."
    • "Combine guided notes with a reading, podcast, or video ... a great way to use guided notes in flipped, blended, and online courses where you’re not interacting with students in real time as you would during a live lecture."
    • "Assign groups to create guided notes for a specific section of the course material (and then teach it!) ... You’ll need to provide examples and structure so they know what to do to create effective guided notes."

    4. See also "Faculty Tip Sheet: Guided Notes - Improving the Effectiveness of Your Lectures" (pdf) for (more) information on the following:

    • "What Are Guided Notes?"
    • "Some Pros and Cons of the Lecture Method" [especially in relation to Guided Notes]
    • "Why Use Guided Notes?"
    • "FAQs about Guided Notes" [addresses "spoon-feeding" & providing partial vs complete notes]
    • "Guidelines for Construction and Using Guided Notes" [8 concrete suggestions]
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