Note taking and Note making (Whatever format you decide on (and it might…
Note taking and Note making
You take notes in lectures or seminars, writing down what other people
are saying for future reference.
You make notes from reading books, journals, any form of text.
Some of the most common specific difficulties are:
slow speed of processing
weak working memory
slow reading speed
slow writing speed
organisation of written material
It helps you:
recording information for later use
helping you to interact with the material being discussed
helping you to remember information
summarising information from lectures or books
planning for assignments
organising information for revision or future assignments
helping you to avoid plagiarism as quotes well marked
Whatever format you decide on (and it might be different for different
lectures) the general principles are the same:
Use your own words.
Use abbreviations, phrases and key words, not sentences.
Date and reference notes clearly.
Number pages and points.
Use headings and subheadings.
Use boxes, underlining, colour coding, CAPITALS and
Use arrows to show links between sections.
Use diagrams and drawings.
Leave a margin and plenty of space between sections.
Use a well-spaced layout.
Formats for notes:
Key words and phrases.
Headings and sub-headings, underlining, use of bold.
Numbering or bullet points
Margins to put in additional points
One side of the page only
Useful when there is a clear structure
Step 2: during the lecture
Step 2: after the lecture
Step 1: preparation