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The Best Ways To Take Notes

The Best Ways To Take Notes

You can learn to take better notes, and there are a number of proven note-taking methods you can try out. Find the one that works for you.


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The Outlining Note-Taking method

This one involves dashing or indenting parts of your notes. It works best for classes that aren’t science or math. Here’s what you need to know:

● The most general information should be aligned along the left side of your paper, with more specific groups of facts indented underneath.



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The Mapping Note-Taking Method

This note-taking method is more of a graphic representation of the content you’re learning. You’ll write a key theme in the middle of your paper, then draw branches off of it.

You’re not putting much detail into this and it will look pretty messy by the time you’re done, but if you’re more ...


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The Cornell Note-Taking Method

This one involves a systematic format for condensing and organizing your notes without having to do much recopying.

You’ll need to leave space of about two inches of your paper on the left and leave about six inches to the right for your notes. During your meeting, jot down information in t...


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The Charting Note-Taking Method

This is best employed when you’re dealing with multiple topics. Use it to compare two ideas or break idea one down into multiple parts, like pros and cons.

Divide your page into two (or more) columns and label each column to match what you’re hearing, whether that involves a comparison or a...


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The SQ3R Note-Taking method

The SQ3R method is only for when you’re reading or studying on your own and need to take notes

Survey: Taking three to five minutes to skim your reading, writing down major headings, subheadings, topics, and points

● Questions: Write down any questi...


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Generalist | Ambivert We are forever learning. One step at a time.

Think of all the times you’ve looked back on your notes only to find they’re filled with incomprehensible nonsense scribbled in the margins and a bunch of totally disconnected ideas that probably made sense when you wrote them. You can learn to take better notes, however, and there are a number of proven note-taking methods you can try out.

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