The Importance of Note Taking

There is no end to education. Learning is a lifelong journey where you continue to accumulate knowledge daily. To process information, developing skill sets that allow you to retain what you have learned is essential. One of those valuable skills is note-taking. Taking notes can boost your understanding of your goals and tasks regardless of where you are. Below are some tips for you to write more effective notes.

Write Phrases, Not Complete Sentences

The trick to writing great notes is to capture keywords from the information. Don’t write down everything that is given. Instead, find the main message in the material, allowing you to remember the important content.

Take Notes in Your Own Words

When taking notes, write down the information as it makes sense to you. Paraphrasing the material will be easier for you to remember and improve your cognition. You should only write down precisely what is stated when the facts must be accurate.

Structure Your Notes with Headings, Subheadings, and Numbered Lists

When organizing your notes, use an outline or numbering system to help you divide the information into sections. You can separate them by major and minor headings to showcase the importance of each point made.

Color Your Notes

You can color code and highlight major sections when you have important information that needs to be emphasized. Don’t focus on color-coding your notes during a lecture or a reading. Once you have the information written down, you can separate them according to what works best for you at another time.

Ultimately, you determine the best way to learn, but effective note-taking strategies can help you retain as much information as possible.

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Techniques and Tips for Listening and Note Taking. UNSW Current Students. March 25, 2023