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How to remember information

We tend to lose almost 40% of new information within one day of reading or hearing it, even if we write it down.

However, when we take notes effectively, we can retain and retrieve almost 100% of the knowledge we obtained.

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The Note Reflecting Stage

  • Get a peer, tutor or teacher to give you written feedback on your initial learning phase.
  • Address one area of the feedback at a time.
  • Before exams and tests, reflect over the entire unit.

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Learning the right way

The goal of effective note-taking is to remember what you learned.

  • It involves active learning, meaning the student is responsible for doing things with the material, such as reading, writing, discussing, and solving problems.
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The Note Making Stage

The Note Making Stage

  • Review and revise the note contents.
  • Write questions in the left-hand column opposite the answer on the right-hand side.
  • Connect key ideas using colour or symbols
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The Cornell Note-Taking System

The Cornell Note-Taking System

This system was developed in the 1950s as part of a university preparatory course.

There are four stages to taking notes:

  1. Note taking
  2. Note making
  3. Note interacting

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The Note Interacting Stage

  • Write a summary at the bottom of the page that addresses the key idea and answer the questions from the left margin.
  • Build into your study timetable regular t...

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The Note Taking Stage

Always draw up the page for notes the same way.

  • At the top, write the topic/key learning objective.
  • Divide the page into two columns. The first column should be one-third of the ...

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Access to information

When we can all retrieve the same information, the key differentiator is not access to data, but the ability to make use of it, the capacity to translate the available information into useful knowledge.

Cornell Method: How to take notes

  1. Write down the lecture name/seminar/reading topic at the top of the page.
  2. Write down notes in the largest section of the page (right-hand column). Transcribe only the facts using bulleted lists and abbreviations. Take notes of questions that arise....

Jot down every single idea you have

Most of us tend to forget things even though we told ourselves "Ah, I'll remember it later. No need to write it down." However, we must think about our future selves. Your future self doesn't know what you're talking about when you mention a word or two.

Instead, ...

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