Good note taking skills can help you to quickly and efficiently gather information from a variety of written sources. To save time and effort it helps to have a clear focus. Take notes to:
When you are reading and researching an assignment, only take notes that are relevant to the question. Things to check to save time and effort include:
How to take notes
How to begin taking notes:
Organising your notes
Keep your notes organised by:
Notes can help you understand concepts and topics. To help this process you can:
Notes can help you remember. It is easier to remember information when you use keywords instead of whole phrases or sentences. Using keywords throughout your notes also makes revision easier.
Some people like to colour-code their notes and keywords, others like to draw diagrams to highlight relationships between keywords and concepts. Develop your own style of note taking to make life easier.
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Note-taking involves taking notes from speech eg taking notes in class as a teacher speaks. Note-making involves making notes from a book eg when researching an assignment.
This tutorial focuses on making notes from a text.