6 November 2019

Note-taking with a Scheme

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There are many different ways to learn and study. The choice is individual -yet many students may need guidance on how to organise their studying. 

In the field of EAP, students need to take notes, organise their notes and then use them for their essays and reports. Often, this is easier said than done, as students (who are already challenged by a different kind of academic language and different academic culture/s), haven't had guidance in effective note-taking for self-study and academic assignments. 

Schema is a free tool which helps learners take and organise their notes. 

Students may keep their notes private or share them with their peers; they can send off a Schema or save it as a PDF; they can also upload a file to their notes. 

It's free and simple to use - and students can keep all their notes in one single space which they can access anytime, anywhere. Because they can upload files to their notes, this means that images (PNG)  and lecture notes, for example, can be integrated in their notes as they study and prepare assignments. 

The only aspect I don't like that much is that there is no "sign up"; i.e. you sign up to Schema by using a Gmail account and not registering with an account as with so many other digital tools. 

Taking notes for learning is important - it helps recycle information and while organising one's notes and thoughts, the learner is becoming more autonomous as a learner.

Yes, learning can be challenging. In an age where instant gratification is becoming the norm (or has it already become the new "normal'?), asking learners to put in a bit of extra effort on their own, seems almost heretical.

Not everything can be quickly snapped with a phone. Knowledge is more than only a quick look through Google.

Providing learners with models of learning and studying enables them to take a stronger hold on their own learning.
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  1. Grazie Ana Cristina, utilizzerò i tuoi suggerimenti con i miei studenti.

  2. Hi Giuliana, Thank you for passing by and adding your kind comment Hope your students find it useful!