Why (and How) Should I Keep a Notebook?


All students in all of my classes are encouraged to keep and 'nurture' a notebook (your own "personalized text" which could become the most cherished "book" in your expanding Economic Geography library or home page!)

ORGANIZATION: Initially, you may want to preserve the organization provided by the syllabus. At a later stage, you may find other ways of structuring your materials to be more useful for reading, quick reference, and test preparations. In addition, there are categories of materials for which the class outline does not make provisions (such as materials related to your own project(s).

CONTENT: All course related materials should find a place in your hard-copy or electronic notebook: no doubt, the most important and pertinent items will he your REWRITTEN and IMPROVED CLASSNOTES and NOTES TAKEN FROM READINGS. Otherwise: syllabus and list of readings; handouts; mounted media clippings, hypertext links; assignments and examinations; a glossary with definitions (maybe combined with an index?); important e-mail messages; writings and materials related to your specific, class-related interests etc.; and, do not forget, start it all with a "table of contents" and, if you like, your own "preface". Full-length xeroxed articles, papers or book chapters should not be part of this notebook (and CANNOT be during "Open-Notebook Examinations").

EVALUATION: This notebook, whether hard-copy, electronic or a combination of "atoms and bits", is neither formally required nor will it receive a formal grade. Yet, I retain the option to adjust (upwardly only) your course grade on the basis of its overall quality, if you wish to have it evaluated; (bring it along to office consultations or provide me with the URL). Most importantly, however, this personalized class documentation has proven immensely valuable to students in the past (a) as a logistic device for collecting class-related notes and (b) in preparation for (and limited use during) class-examinations; (c) as an asset to be saved for use in other classes or for professional purposes.

PORTFOLIO: This "Notebook" is not to be confused with your "Portfolio" which you are encouraged to assemble throughout your undergraduate career, and which should contain your own projects and products, i.e. evidence of your own work or work in which you participated as part of a group project.


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