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The key principles of making notes

There are three key principles to making good notes:

  • Rephrase the original idea. Don’t use the author’s or teacher’s original language.
  • Connect ideas together. To help with understanding and recall, make sure to create links between the ideas you are studying.
  • Build upon the ideas. As you learn more about a topic, add more examples, more questions, and more related ideas.

At all stages of making notes, the keyword is: active engagement.


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The generation effect

The generation effect is the underlying process which supports note-making. It’s the phenomenon where information is better remembered if it is actively created from your own mind rather than simply read in a passive way. By taking the time an...


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The difference between note-taking and note-making

Note-taking often happens while listening; the goal is to quickly capture content so we can refer back to it later. Note-making is more common while reading; it consists in deliberately crafting our own version so we can learn and create better.


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Digital gardening

A long-term endeavour to cultivate your curiosity (planting seeds), expand your knowledge (growing trees), and produce new thoughts (harvesting fruits), digital gardening consists in crafting and connecting evergreen notes in a non-hierarchical repo...


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Zettelkasten method

A simple process used by German sociologist Dr Niklas Luhmann to publish more than 70 books and nearly 400 scholarly articles in his lifetime, the Zettelkasten method uses index cards and unique identifiers to interlink notes together. The book 


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Mind mapping

The use of diagrams that visually map information using branching traces back centuries. Popularised by Tony Buzan, an English author and psychology consultant, mind mapping consists in visually connecting information around a central concept. It ha...


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Note-taking has played an important role in human history. Ancient Greeks used the word hypomnema (ὑπόμνημα) to describe what could be translated as a note, a reminder, or an anecdotal record.

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Key Principles Of Making Notes

To make good notes, you must take note of these three things:

  • Rephrase the original idea and translate it into your own. Use your own words to distill it in your mind better.
  • Connect ideas together. Create links between your ideas for better...


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