Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Special Hint on How to Take Notes

We just had to go through a drill in which we had to be able to take note of 300 words said as in normal speech and then relay that in the first language in a structured and accurate way.

We first thought that that was absolutely impossible, humanly impossible, that nobody on earth would be able to take note of what used to be the standard translation page in Brazil (lauda, 250 words) plus 1/5th.

We then started thinking that NAATI is usually reasonable in what comes to what they think can be done. 

We also thought that it should be a possible thing, that somebody on earth would have to be able to take note of one A4 page plus 1/5th or 1.2 of an A4 page and then relay that accurately after taking note (and obviously be exhausted from writing at such a speed and with such a concentration).

After some experimentation, we finally found a way in which this can be done.

It is just that we would have to practice this method over and over to finally apply it without committing any mistakes.

We think we then have invented a new note-taking system.

Not having done any research on that, to see if someone else had already proposed it, we decided to print it here.

Basically, we suggest that we split a plain A4 page (no divisions or lines) into at least six columns and number the columns in a consecutive manner.

We suggest that we do that for each group of 300 words.

We then try to write one word on each line and stop in the middle or beginning of the word, depending on how much we can guess what has been written there.

We also suggest abbreviating common and obvious expressions, so say Thank You will be T.Y. and Good Afternoon will be G. A.

If the subject of the speech is Mental Health, we could be writing M. Health because we already know that it can only be that.

Issues could have only one s, see could be se, number could be no., and particularly could be part in this notation.

We have tested this and believe that it is possible to perfect ourselves to the level of reproducing the full 300 words with no mistake. 

Notwithstanding, we do need to include that in our preparation courses, so that, first of all, we practice at the right time and in the right way, also with the right motivation.

We also need to study brands and models of pens and pencils. It seems that pencils may do a better job than pens in this case, even though pens should be used to draw the lines and write the numbers on the top of each column. 

We obviously write from top to bottom and from left to right, just like we normally do, but we pass to the next column, top, as we reach the end of a particular column. 

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