Academic listening and note-taking skills for community college second language students

A deep dive into "Communicating with Your Professors" (episode 12)

How to talk to your professor video

Here's the video link. I did this last spring for our Student Success Day. Three weeks later, COVID hit, and we all switched to online Zooming for the rest of the semester. I think there's good stuff in here, though, for students. 

Student notes

Here are three sets of student notes from episode 12 of Finding Your Place. It's about how to talk to professors.

We listened to, and talked about, the podcast during a Zoom session. Then, on their own, students took Cornell notes on the episode, took pictures of those notes with their phones, and texted me those pictures.

It was far easier doing it that way, rather than having the students go through the arduous process of  saving the images to a computer and uploading the images to a D2L Brightspace assignment drop box. 

These three students' notes are arranged in order from "opportunities for improvement" to "ready for organic chemistry".


Student A: Opportunities for improvement

The good thing is that this student understands how to take Cornell notes and can write fast enough to keep up with the podcast. However, this student has no sorting mechanism. He does not distinguish between important and unimportant information. Also, in the summary section at the very bottom of the page, he does not process the notes into information that is personal to him, that he can use.  

Student work


Student B: Gaining comprehension skills

This student, as well, can listen, and write fast enough, to keep up with fluent native English speech. That's important. Her notes show the discernment that Student A's notes do not. You can tell this by the key words she uses in the left column. Also, her summary statement at the bottom of the page is her own, succinct assessment of the details. In other words, she has processed the information and summarized it to make it her own knowledge. 

Student work


Student C: Ready for organic chemistry

Student C has mastered the Cornell note-taking method. He captures appropriate details. He has specific key words in the left column. Finally, his summary shows that he has internalized the information and made it his own. This is the student you want to befriend in your organic chemistry class! 

Student homework 2