Study Skills: Reading and Case Notes
BUILDING COMMUNICATION AND LINKAGE SKILLS: READING NOTES
Students and business people increasingly face the challenge and opportunity of "The Information Age." The instant availability of and need for knowledge can be overwhelming. Selecting, evaluating, retaining, applying, and expressing current facts and ideas efficiently and effectively are essential success skills. Today’s firms are increasingly “learning organizations” that seek and cultivate those who can study, comprehend, analyze, create, and communicate clearly and persuasively, are up-to-date, and enthusiastically engage in “lifetime learning.”
To help you develop these abilities, the format described here has been designed for taking notes on your required course reading. After finishing each reading assignment, write the following information for each chapter. In your own words:
· List 3-5 main or interesting points of each chapter, briefly defining any new terms.
· List 3 examples from the text for the topics/terms/points covered in the chapter, and note the topic/term each example illustrates. Briefly define any new terms. Example: Fuerstein/covered costs of keeping workers employed: social responsibility (accountability for action’s consequences).
· List 3 current events examples from media sources of the relevance of material covered in the chapter to business/society. Note the chapter topic/term each example illustrates, define the term, and give the media source/date. Example: “The Terminator” announces on Jay Leno Show that he will enter the California recall race for Governor, with self-funding and no experience (media/money/politics; Post #7-8); NYT, 8/03.
· List 3 critical thinking (not definition) questions probing topics covered in the chapter; this may include connections to other course material. Example: Why is social responsibility important to a business?
BUILDING ANALYTIC AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: CASE NOTES
You will analyze cases throughout your schooling, to prepare you for problem solving as a practitioner. Many textbooks include real world cases applying concepts discussed in the chapters, to help you develop the analytic and critical thinking skills so valued in the contemporary workplace and academically. After finishing each chapter, select 1 of its cases. In your own words (bring notes to class case analysis sessions):
· List 3 main or interesting points about the case, briefly defining any new terms.
· List 3 terms from the chapter illustrated by the case, and define each term in your own words.
· List 3 examples from the case illustrating those 3 terms (give 1 example for each term).
· Give 1 critical thinking question raised by your analysis of the case.
· Give 1 lesson learned by your analysis of the case; be specific and complete.