The One and Only Guide on How to Take Notes
Organization, preparation and efficient note taking have become the pillars of our productivity and success. We use it for business and during our studies. But do you really know how to take notes efficiently? We're here to teach you how to do this properly, and we assure you it will change your habits, efficiency and success immensely, for the better.
1. What is the Subject?
Note taking techniques can vary, depending on the subject matter itself and the format you're going to have to follow. For example, your note taking won't be the same when it comes to lecture notes, notes on science, art, or taking notes from a text book.
2. What is the Purpose?
Once you know what your subject matter is, you need to know the purpose of taking your notes and that's when you'll know exactly how to take notes. For example, if you're taking notes for a test, you're going to want to capture all the details, dates, names and important information that might be on the test. If you're taking notes for a paper, the notes don't necessarily have to be so detailed, but more focused on grabbing the right type of information that you can use to create an outline for your paper.
A. Lecture Notes
If you're attending a lecture, you have to first put yourself in the right position, so you can clearly see and hear the lecturer. The most important step that you have to take is make an outline as you take notes. Make sure to add notes about when the new topic starts. From there on it's easy to fill in the missing information. Also,different lectures should have their own separate page. It's best to mark your lectures with dates and titles for later use.
If you end up with notes and have concepts and terms that you're not familiar with, write them out on a separate page that you can attach to your lecture or even write in a completely new notebook.
And finally, in order to pick up speed while taking lecture notes, make sure to create your own abbreviations, symbols and illustrations for longer words to cut back time on note taking.
B. Lab Notes
Taking notes on science labs can be completely different from taking notes in lectures. Start by outlining your experiments, and assign each lab with a new page. Try to separate each lab, so it's easy to find the content you need and not mix everything up. As you're writing this information down, make sure you're writing it in the moment it's being provided so you right exact information that's being delivered.
C. Math Notes
If you're struggling with Math notes taking, once again, you're going to have to focus on outlining. Math requires a lot of steps to get to the solution, and what you want to do is outline what is required in each step and why this is done. Especially performing statistics projects might be excruatiating, so you could rely on our technical writers. If you can illustrate it. It will be a great future reference.
D. Art Notes
Although Art isn't usually connected to note taking, but more to creativity and freedom, note taking will help you advance and really concentrate on what you want to achieve. For example, you should always make a list of topics you want to present in your art work. Write down what ideas fall into your mind, what kind of a message you want to deliver with your work. You should also take notes about of other work so that you know what you like and dislike, and draw conclusions from it to really focus on what you need for the creation of your art work and how to execute it effectively.
E. Notes from Text
If you're trying to draw notes from a text or someone else's notes you should rely on color coding, defining concepts and terms you're unfamiliar with on a separate page, giving detailed description of essential concepts along with all the necessary details, color coding the most important information, and finally making a clear outline of where each topic is and what is the purpose of the entire segment.
Now that you know what to focus on in each type of notes, you can start practicing and become the ultimate note taker of all times.