How To Take Study Notes: 5 Effective Note Taking Methods - Deepstash
The Cornell Method

The Cornell note taking method helps organize class notes into easily digestible summaries.

How?

  • The paper is divided into 3 sections: a 2.5” margin to the left, a 2” summary section on the bottom, and a main 6” in-class note section.
  • Use the main notes section to take notes during class.
  • Use the cues section to review your notes. After class, write down things you’ll need to remember and a prompt for each. You can also use this section for vocabulary words and study questions.
  • In the summary segment at the bottom, write a summary of your notes. This is where you will highlight the main points.

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The Mapping note taking method is a more visual way to organize your class notes. This technique is useful when learning about relationships between topics.

How?

  • The page is organized by topic. The main topics branch out into subtopics with detailed information about each.
  • While in class, begin the map with the main topic.
  • Branching off the main topic, write a heading for each of the subtopics.
  • Write any important notes underneath each subtopic.
  • Continue the pattern.

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The Outlining Method

The Outlining note taking method uses headings and bullet points to organize topics. This method is most useful when learning about topics that include a lot of detail.

How?

  • Each section starts with a heading of the main topic. Each subtopic and supporting fact is written underneath the proper heading.
  • During a lesson, begin your notes with a single bullet point and write the main topic.
  • Place the first subtopic below and indented slightly to the right.
  • List any details below your heading and slightly to the right.

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The Charting Method

Charting note taking method uses columns to organize information. This method is useful for lessons that cover a lot of facts or relationships between topics.

How?

  • The page is divided into columns labeled by category. The details of each category are filled out in the rows below.
  • When information about a category is mentioned, jot it down underneath the proper column.
  • When the next topic begins move down one row and begin again.

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The Sentence Method

The Sentence note taking method is simply writing down each topic as a jot note sentence. This method works well for fast paced lessons where a lot of information is being covered.

How?

  • Each line on the page is a new and separate topic. To organize your notes even more, you can use headings for each main topic.
  • Write down important information the teacher has emphasized. This can be in sentence form or point form.
  • Start a new sentence or point for each new detail.
  • Use headings to organize points by main topics.

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The Sentence Method

The Sentence note taking method is simply writing down each topic as a jot note sentence. This method works well for fast paced lessons where a lot of information is being covered.

How?

  • Each line on the page is a new and separate topic. To organize your notes even more, you can use headings for each main topic.
  • Write down important information the teacher has emphasized. This can be in sentence form or point form.
  • Start a new sentence or point for each new detail.
  • Use headings to organize points by main topics.

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