Back to Basics: Perfect Your Note-Taking Techniques
Keep them short, but have enough triggers in the keywords to jumpstart your memory when you look at them again:
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Note-taking serves one simple purpose: to help you remember information.
Although we might associate note-taking with school, it's something most of us continue doing for the bulk of our lives.
Rereading your notes, highlighting them, underlining them, and even summarizing them - all take a lot of your time.
Better methods include taking breaks and spreading out your studying (known as distributed practice), and taking practice tests (which isn't really applicable outside of school).
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It requires you to structure your notes in form of an outline by using bullet points to represent different topics and their subtopics.
Start writing main topics on the far left ...
All notes that are related to each other are grouped together in a box.
A dedicated box is assigned for each section of notes which cuts down the time needed for reading and reviewing.
Apps are especially helpful for this method because content on the page can be reordered or resized subsequently.
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Is a linear method of taking notes that proceeds down the page, using indentation or bullets to denote major and minor points.
Pros: it records content relationship in a way tha...
The goal is to jot down your thoughts as quickly as possible. Format is kept to a minimum: every new thought is written on a new line.
Pros: Is like free writing for notes.
Cons: lack organization and notes can be hard to understand.
Works for: meetings or lectures that lack organization; when information is presented very quickly.
Works for: dense written material.
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Divide your paper into three sections: a 2.5” margin to the left, a 2” summary section on the bottom, and a main 6” section.
The page is organized by topic. While in class, start with the main topic. Branch off and write a heading for each of the subtopics. Add important notes underneath each subtopic.
This method is useful for visual learners. It helps you understand the relationships between topics.
Use headings and bullet points with supporting facts.
This method is useful when a topic includes a lot of detail.
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