As an educator, the question of best note taking methods constantly comes up, and Lifehacker recently published an interesting article on exactly this issue.Some of the key points covered in the Lifehacker article include:
- Whatever method you use, keep it organised.
- Disorganised notes are useless – you can’t learn from them, nor can you easily find what you are looking for when you need it.
- Keep it short and simple.
- Verbatim notes are rarely useful, and don’t really encourage recall or application.
- Old school re-reading or highlighting are amongst the worst methods.
- Many people still do this. Whilst in some circumstances it may be useful, after 15 years of teaching I can say that most of my students who use this method are also the ones who struggle the most.
You can read the full article on Lifehacker. And in the next few days I’ll post about the best one of the best methods I have found, and how you can benefit from it.