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Taking notes seems to be a simple enough task, but there are ways to go about it that are more effective than others.  By effectively taking notes, you can avoid having to refer to and carry around all of the study materials on the topic list.  You can also actually teach yourself the material while going through the note-taking process.

The tips in the left-hand column below will show you how to take effective notes.  The information in the right-hand column will make you aware of methods you should avoid.


What is EFFECTIVE Note Taking?

What is INEFFECTIVE Note Taking?

  • Developing a note format that lets you review information without having to re-read a long document.
  • For example, index cards use as flash cards with questions or subjects you make up on one side and the answers/important points on the back.
  • Highlighting important points in a long document so that you have to review the entire document.
  • Creating a format that gathers together all the information in one place and is easily taken with you for quick review during coffee breaks, train/bus commute to work, etc.
  • For example, index cards, spiral notebook, 3-ringed binder.
  • Taking notes on the document itself.
  • Rephrasing the information in your own words which will help in the memorization process.  You are more likely to remember something you said yourself than something that someone else said.
  • Re-writing word-for-word the important information in the material.


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