August 23, 2019 97

Back to School 2017 #8 // 5 BEST NOTE TAKING METHODS!

Back to School 2017 #8 // 5 BEST NOTE TAKING METHODS!


Hello everyone! On today’s back to school video we will
be addressing the five major ways on how to take notes. I will provide a digital and non-digital version
for all of these methods so you can use them independently of typing your notes on a computer
or handwriting them. For school advice and tips follow me on Instagram
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September so you can kickstart your school year fully prepared. For a full schedule just check the description
box below in case you are curious about a specific topic. • The Cornell Method is a very popular note
taking system where you divide each one of your notebook pages in three sections. During class, write your main topics freely
in the main area of the page. As you write your notes in the main section,
you should be writing cues or topics in the left column. That is, in the left column you should label
in short format the information you are using in the main area. The goal is to provide a way in which you
can summarize big portions of information as you study. When you are reviewing, you should cover the
main area with a card or a piece of paper and just by looking at the left column, you
should try to say out loud the material underneath the card. In the bottom of the page leave five or six
lines before skipping to the other page. You should use these lines to summarize the
entire page when you get home. This method one of the best note taking methods
because it enables you to take all of your notes and create revision material on-the-spot,
without having to rewrite the material, create flashcards, etc. • If you are taking your notes on a computer
it’s also possible to apply this method. You can either open a comment box per title
or cue you would like to write or insert a text box in the format of a column per page. You can edit these textboxes at your leisure. Changing the layout of the page for two columns
will not help you, since the columns can’t be edited independently. • Mindmapping uses comprehension skills
and evolves in a note taking form which relates concepts and ideas with each other. It’s a graphic representation of the content
of a lecture and it helps you understand the complexity of the subject and the connections
and exceptions between different topics. For cramming, Mindmapping can be your biggest
ally, since it’s probably the note taking method that has the ability to summarize more
information in less time and in less pages. • As you go through mindmaps, since you
only have to read short words, little thinking is needing, since everything looks very obvious
in a graphic format. That means that your revision time will be
much shorter and, if you are a visual learner, your brain will retain the layout of the map
and you will remember it during your test. • The only problem with Mindmapping is that,
for beginners, it can look like it isn’t able to convey all the material that is being
taught in your lecture. That isn’t necessarily the case, though;
as you adapt to this notetaking method you can see how you can mindmap in a way that
makes short topics and words more comprehensive and breaking down bigger chunks of information
into bullet form in your mindmaps can be used to summarize the most complex lecture. • There are a ton of programs out there
used for Mindmapping. If you have are using a device with a digital
pen, programs like OneNote support drawing, so Mindmapping is easy. If you are using a regular laptop or desktop
computer there are also other options like MarginNote for PDF files and Xmind which are
paid programs and a free software called Freemind which is flexible enough for most users. Outlining is a method that I was subconsciously
using for many years but without knowing it was a method on its own. To tell you more about this technique, I used
the Cal Poly websites’s explanation. • The information which is most general
begins at the left with each more specific group of facts indented with spaces to the
right. • The relationships between the different
parts is carried out through indenting. • You can either make simple sentences or
use a bullet form for a more organized format. In your lecture, listen and then write in
points in an organized pattern based on space indention. You should place major points farthest to
the left. Indent each more specific point to the right. Levels of importance will be indicated by
distance away from the major point. Indention can be as simple as or as complex
as labeling the indentations with Roman numerals or decimals. Markings are not necessary as space relationships
will indicate the major/minor points. Use this format when there is enough time
in the lecture to think about and make organization decisions when they are needed. This format can be most effective when your
note taking skills are super sharp and you can handle the outlining regardless of the
note taking situation. Outlining can be used in any word processor. All you have to do is use the bullet journal
format and as you change bullets the program will automatically change indentation for
you. • This method of note taking is great for
subject matter that can be broken down into categories, such as similarities/differences,
date/event/impact, pros/cons, etc. • All you need to do is create a table with
different columns for different categories and start filling in with the lectured topics
so you can create a very visual comparison instrument that enables you to differentiate
concepts and ideas. • Charting enables you to create great comparison
study materials as you write your notes. The problem is that most of the times you
can’t predict when you need to make a comparison out of your lecture material so most of the
times, the chartins method can be better applied after class. • For software you can easily create a table
in most word processors and use these to create the charts. For a more complex subject you can also use
Microsoft Excel and then export the chart to your predefined word processor. • The sentence or one lining method means
taking notes sentence by sentence. Each sentence or line should add up to the
last one, creating a cohesive argumentation or logic path that you can use to understand
the subject. This enables you to structure thought in the
most basic format and make minimalistic, clean looking notes that are very easy to review. • For digital note takers, this method can
be used in any word processor, even the simpler ones, like Pages, Google Docs and Evernote. I suggest keeping a wider line spacing option,
so each sentence can stand out on its own. You can also use a bullet form or numbering
form to separate each line. I hope you enjoyed today’s video! For more note taking tips don’t forget to
subscribe to my channel and I will see you next week. Bye!

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