The Popova Method: How to take notes

  1. Create a title on top of the page.
  2. Start building your ideas index: As you're reading, list the topics and ideas that seem to be important and reoccurring. Use short sentences. Use one idea per line.
  3. Record the pages: Underneath every idea or concept heading, record the page where the reference appears.
  4. Highlight the quote/passage/reference: When you find quotes and passages relating to your key ideas, highlight this place in the book you're reading.

Your index list will grow as you continue reading. You will no longer read every annotation. The index will direct you to exactly where to find it.

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