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Effective Note-Taking Strategies

This guide contains information on how to effectively take notes for future reference.

Note-Taking Resources

There are several programs that can assist you in taking and organizing notes electronically:

Evernote: A downloadable application that helps you take, organize, and archive notes.  There is a mobile version of the program available as well for smart devices.  The free version lets you sync your account to two devices, tag your notes for fast retrieval, and apply different formatting.  However, it has size limits on uploads and note sizes.

Google Docs: A basic word processing program that is part of Google's free applications.  You must have a Gmail account (your Tiffin University email) to access this service.

Google Keep: A note-taking service that is part of Google's free applications.  You must have a Gmail account (your Tiffin University email) to access this service.

Microsoft Office (OneNote): Operates on Microsoft Windows and macOS only, but allows you to share notes with others for collaboration.  It acts as a "digital notebook" to store text, charts, images, and graphs.  You will need to have a Microsoft Office plan to use this program, but you can install Microsoft Office through the university.  Instructions on this process are included here.

Simplenote: A note-taking application that as accessible from most web browsers.  It is available on Android, Linux, Windows, iOS, and macOS devices.

Workflowy: A free platform that allows you to organize your notes vertically.

Library Sources

The following eBooks and journal articles may guide you in identifying the best note-taking strategy for your courses.