Posts for the Topic note-taking and reading

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A beginner's guide to note-taking

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The outline method is one of the most commonly used note-taking methods for university students. In fact, it’s possible you’re already using it! The outline method is easy to use and adjust for different purposes — taking lectures notes, reading notes and studying.

5 steps to get the most out of your next reading

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Are you finding academic readings challenging? Do you feel like you’re not getting the most out of them? There’s a strategy you can try to help with this. The acronym is SQ3R — it stands for survey, question, read, recite and review. Let’s take a deep dive into each step.

5 steps to improve your notes with the Cornell method

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What’s the Cornell note-taking method? 

The Cornell note-taking method is a system for taking and organizing notes before, during and after the lecture. With three separate and clear sections, it is easy to keep your notes organized for preview and review

Concept mapping: A powerful tool for note-taking

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You may have used a concept map in a class project, or to take notes  but are you using this tool to its full potential? Concept mapping can help you develop knowledge structures, assess your understanding of content and review for exams.

How to take better notes

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What does good note-taking for university lectures look like? There’s more to it than showing up and jotting down a few key phrases from your prof. Follow these tips to focus your attention in lectures, retain information, and make reviewing your notes easier.

What to listen for in lectures

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There’s a lot of content in university lectures. It’s important to learn how to take cues to determining what’s important to record in your notes. People don’t instinctively listen well, but it’s a skill that anyone can develop using these steps.