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Different Note-Taking Methods

One major part of being a student is taking notes (sometimes much to their chagrin). There are numerous ways you can take notes. In this week’s blog, we wanted to share some of the most popular note-taking methods out there (according to e-student):

  • Creating Outlines: This style of note-taking is best suited for history and English classes. It creates an easy way to review and allows for a quick summary of what the topic is about. However, this note-taking method is sometimes not suitable for STEM subjects.

  • The Cornell Method: This highly structured note-taking method was created more than 50 years ago. This note-taking method is best used for actively engaging with the information presented in your lectures and then creating short summaries of all that information on the same page. The disadvantage of this method is that it can be time-consuming. If you'd like to learn more, we wrote a blog about the Cornell Method.

  • Mind Map: Creating a mind map is perfect for visualizing and connecting ideas together. This style of note-taking is a bit more difficult than taking regular notes. You have to sort through ideas and connect them in a meaningful way. If done correctly, mind maps are great study aids!

  • Formula Sheets: Best for math and sciences that are driven by repeatable systems or formulas. This method may not apply well to English or history. Here is a link to help you create the best cheat sheet/ formula sheet.

  • Flashcards: Bite-sized chunks of information used for rapid-fire studying with one fact put on each card. You often need to use 20–50+ cards. This method is great as a study aid, complementing other note-taking methods.

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