When you combine your active reading with note taking, you'll be even more effective in remembering what you've read. Your notes will provide substance for your assignment, and because you've already paraphrased the information from the text, you'll avoid plagiarism. Explore the tabs below for effective note taking strategies.
Here are some general principles for good note taking:
The Cornell method works by:
See the link below for examples of how to structure your notes using this method.
Mind mapping is the graphical representation of notes. The idea is that you can capture a lot of information without using too many words, as images are easier to remember. Mind mapping requires that you see the bigger picture in order to make connections between facts, ideas, and details of the topic. It is the process of creating the mind-map that makes it an effective method because it requires your active participation, improves your concentration, and sharpens your critical thinking abilities.
The main keywords or themes in a topic go in the centre, with related concepts branching off.