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. Regardless of where you are in life, taking notes can boost your understanding of your goals and tasks. Below are some tips for you to write more effective notes.

Write phrases and incomplete sentences.

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

Take notes in your own words.

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

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