How To Take Great Notes


Combining paper and digital tools for personal organization and productivity. You need:

  • The main notebook, the backbone of the entire methond. You capture everything here: quick ideas, tasks, sketches.
  • A “traveling” notebook: Jot down quick notes, then transfer those notes to your main notebook later.
  • A digital task list/calendar: At the end of the day, go through your main notebook and add any tasks or events.
  • Long-term digital storage: to digitize the most important items from your main notebook.
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Problem Solving

  • Skim the material for bolded text, images, summaries, to produce a list of headlines;
  • Each headline is then written in the form of a question;
  • Record your “answers” to the reading questions under each corresponding header;
  • Once you’ve finished reading the text, write a summary of the material from memory—this is the “recite” part of the process. 
  • Finally, review your notes to make sure you’ve completely grasped the concepts.

Works for: dense written material.

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Review cards
One of the most useful techniques when it comes to reviewing notes.

Limiting the space you have to write your notes on is a way of filtering through the massive amounts of information you must process. 

It forces your brain to be selective and prioritize information.

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Information is useful only to the extent that you can find it when you need it. 

For a non-paginated pad, you can:

  • Put page numbers on the upper-right of each right-hand page but not on the left (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.). 
  • Whenever you complete a page, put the page number in an index on the inside cover (front or back) and a few words to describe the content.
  • The page numbers in the index do NOT need to be in order, as you’ll be scanning for content, then referring to the page. 

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Visual note-taking

Using simple words and pictures helps us to see connections between pieces of information, get a better idea of what we understand and what we don’t, and remember it for later.

By using a combination of words and quick images, the note-taker listens, digests, and captures on paper the essence of what has been heard.

The scientific case for doodling while taking notes


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