Taking notes is a critical skill that can impact your academic success. Therefore, it is important to find the right note-taking strategy early in your academic career. This guide contains information on the following:
Covers the most important elements of good quality notes.
Introduces the most common strategies for taking effective notes.
Provides a list of web resources that can assist you in organizing and managing electronic notes.
Quick tips on making note-taking more efficient and effective.
A list of references that were used to help create this guide.
Links to extra resources for additional help.
There are several reasons why good note-taking skills are beneficial:
There are several ways you can take notes, each dependent on your own learning style and preference. Here are some of the most common ways to take notes with their advantages and disadvantages listed below.
How should I organize and store my notes?
Depending on your preferences, there are many ways to organize and store the notes you take for a course. Common ways that you can store your notes are listed below.
Storing Paper Notes
Storing Electronic Notes
*Using electronic devices to take notes can be very distracting, so maintain a degree of self-discipline when you are using them!
The following video by Thomas Frank provides a overview of the best ways to take notes and covers general tips to ensure your notes are thorough and effective.