FOCUSED NOTESFocused Notes are a proven note-taking method. When used appropriately, students are guaranteed to increase their knowledge and raise their grades in any given class! Focused Notes are taken during class lectures, class power points, class readings, or movies in which students are responsible for the information.In order to receive full credit for the weekly Focused Notes quiz grade, students must have all the required parts of the notes:
- Full heading
- Specific topic
- Notes in the right side highlighted with key words or phrases
- Main ideas and high level questions in the left column
- A summary at the end of the notes
Students may take Focused Notes in a spiral notebook or on notebook paper, as required by the content area teachers. However, students are expected to use the any Focused Note format and repetition strategies and review notes regularly
The Learning Log is a technique to help students focus on what they are learning in their classes by writing their thoughts, reactions, and responses to class lectures, videos, or discussions. A Learning Log is a written reflection of the student’s perceptions of what is being learned and how they are learning. It also provides a record of students' growth over time. Writing a learning log is an excellent way to help use writing as a process of discovery and to clarify ideas. The use of the Learning Log in AVID is part of the philosophy of using writing as a tool of learning. This is the origin of the common AVID saying,"How do I know what I think until I see what I write?"
A Learning Log entry is different from a journal entry in that it is related to the subject being studied. In journals, students are usually asked to write about what is happening in their lives. They might write an account of how they missed the bus or hit a home run in a baseball game. In a Learning Log, students are asked either to take what they have been learning in class and reflect on it, or relate something out of class to what they have been learning in class.When they make personal connections with the subject matter, meaningful learning will occur.