Effects of AVID Focused Note-Taking Instruction: Improving Learning and Academic Language Retention for English Learners in the General Education Science Classroom

Date of Award

Fall 11-23-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Michael Coquyt


English Learners, AVID Focused Notes, Autoethnography, COVID-19



The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of focused note-taking on student success for EL students in a general education science classroom. Research suggests that creating your own notes, revisiting your notes, and interacting with your notes will boost your memory, enhance recall, and increase retention. My hypothesis is that using focused note-taking strategies will improve student learning, test performance and overall feelings about taking notes. Student test scores, class averages, and a survey on note-taking will be gathered before and after students learn the AVID focused note-taking method. The data will be compared to establish the effectiveness of the AVID focused note-taking process.

Key Words: English learners, sheltered-instruction, AVID Excel, focused note-taking

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