The Ultimate Guide to Note-Taking
Different types of information demand different styles of note-taking. There are lots of reasons to take notes: to retain information, to capture ideas, to problem solve or brainstorm, to visualize complex systems or concepts etc.
But what works for outlining a blog post might not work so great for brainstorming new ideas.
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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 that is easy to review.
Cons: difficult to go back and edit information written in this system.
Works for: recording terms, definitions, facts and sequences, when taking notes on slides or readings.
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.
A nonlinear system of note-taking that resembles a tree and root structure: ideas stem from one major concept and are connected by lines (or “branches”).
Pros: works well for visual learners; is tool for analytical-thinkers, because it outlines connections.
Cons: Time consuming; can get complex, doesn't work in every circumstances.
Works for: big-picture brainstorming sessions, planning essays and recording meetings.
Instead of taking notes in full sentences, you record only keywords and place them in a chain that maps the thought process, written on a web-like grid, starting in the 1 o’clock position and working clockwise.
Pros: allows you to take notes in “real time”.
Cons: few sources for learning how to use it.
Works for: meetings and lectures; dyslexic learners.
A continuum of dates and events.
However, timelines need not be limited to two-dimensions. Timelines can be multidimensional (i.e., date, relevant event, another event).
Work for: recording history or biography, but they can also be used to compare and contrast similar events.
Represented by individual steps that start from a problem and lead to a solution.
Each step is denoted by a different kind of shape which symbolizes whether the note requires action or decision. Unlike the timeline, a flow chart can veer in multiple directions, leading to different scenarios.
Usually comprise overlapping circle that represent sets. A set includes items that all share a specific characteristic.
Although there is no limit to the number of sets you compare, complicated Venn diagrams can be difficult to interpret
Works for: comparing and contrasting notes.
Works for: marketing, manufacturing or service industry for product design and quality defect prevention.
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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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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 bul...
Keep them short, but have enough triggers in the keywords to jumpstart your memory when you look at them again:
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).