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Education

Note-taking strategies for better learning

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Understood.org, which is a partnership of nonprofits dedicated to learning, suggests several strategies to help students take notes more effectively during lectures or while reading assignments.

The Split-Page (Cornell) Method - In your notebook, draw a horizontal line across the page two inches from the bottom. Two inches from the left, draw a line from the top down to the horizontal line, splitting the page into a narrow column, a wide column and a box. In the wide column, write down the main points of the lecture or reading. In the narrow column write questions and keywords. Summarize the lesson in the box.

The 2-6 Method - Write the name of the class and the date on the top. Trace the vertical red line on the left-hand side, making two columns, two and six inches wide. Take notes in the wide column, later adding important points in the narrow column.

The Outline Method - Divide the lesson or reading into main ideas, subtopics and details. Write down the main topic. Underneath,list subtopics, leaving room to add details about each one.

The Bullet Point Method - Choose a symbol, such as #, + or *, to use before a main idea, one for subtopics and one for details. As you take notes use the symbols to organize information.

The Mapping Method - Ideal for visual learners. Write a word, phrase or main idea anywhere on the page. Continue to write down key ideas during the lecture. Then draw lines to connect related information. The page will look like a map since the ideas will be connected. While reviewing your notes, it will be easy to see the main idea leading to a subtopic, then to the details of the subtopic.

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