Organized notes are an important tool for achieving success in your studies, but note-taking is an individual skill. What works for you, may not work for someone else. It may depend on what type of learner you are – more visual than linguistic, for example.
Research suggests handwriting notes can help us learn and remember conceptual items better than digital notes. However, there are some benefits to typing notes on a computer as well, including speed and easy organisation.
The important thing is to develop your own note-taking style and then use it.
Why take notes?
- As a memory aid
- To reduce large amounts of information into memorable chunks
- To use as a summary
- To promote deeper understanding of content
- To identify gaps in your knowledge
How to take notes:
Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Don't write full sentences
- Leave out small words (articles and conjunctions…the, a, an, and)
- Use visual cues: e.g different colours for different topics, highlight important information, underline, make connections
- Develop special symbols for course-specific content or words e.g. pt - patient
- Use bullet points
- record all reference details, i.e. author, title, publisher
- Use abbreviations to reduce words & sentences. Think of the words u use in txt msgs - they might give u some idea. Otherwise here are a few common abbreviations:
‹ less than
› greater than
If you would like more information on your note-taking skills, make an appointment with a Learning Skills support teacher and we will give feedback.
Go to our booking page at: https://booking.holmesglen.edu.au/lsc
Also, look for the Learning Skills Centre site in Brightspace where you'll find more ideas & handy note-taking templates ready to go.