Smart note taking will help you succeed in learning new concepts, preparing for exams and writing excellent assignments.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind:
1. Headings, Dot Points, & Reading Twice
2. Highlight & Annotate
Don't go crazy with the highlighter! It only works as an effective strategy if you highlight small sections, one sentence, or even one key word.
Highlighting is only truly useful if you annotate (notes that comment on the text or an image).
3. Copy, Paste, Summarise
Copy and pasting directly into an assignment is a terrible idea (plagiarism!). Instead, copy and paste useful information into a document and then summarise it in your own words. (See our How to Summarise guide for help)
In the last column, write down three or more points summarising the key ideas from the text you've pasted into the middle column. Also include questions, any observations, things you agree or disagree with, things you don't understand, etc.(From Ergo, State Library Victoria)
4. Know Your Style
Understand how your mind absorbs information.
‘The first thing is to know what kind of learner you are,’ - Dr Pont
Are you visually-oriented or do you take information in that you hear? Is it helpful for you to type or write while you listen? Adjust your note-taking technique to suit your own style.