Note-taking isn’t a super popular study habit. Many students have endured some truly negative experiences with this skill, making them resistant to use what could prove to be an invaluable tool. In general, there are two different approaches to note-taking instruction that can cause student frustration.
Some students have been given little to no instruction on how to take notes. They have a stack of materials pushed in their direction and are told, “Here. Go take notes.” With no clue as to where to begin, these students are left on their own without the tools they need to direct their study.
The opposite approach can prove troublesome, as well. Some students were taught one very strict and structured method of note-taking and told not to venture out on their own. If that one format doesn’t fit the students unique learning style, they are left feeling discouraged because they are using an ineffective method.
Note-taking, like any other aspect of study and learning, must be personal to be effective. When you are able to organize your thoughts in a way that makes sense to YOU, you are better prepared to learn and retain new information.
If you are looking for ways to jump-start your note-taking routine, here are a few ideas to get you started.
These tools are just the tip of the note-taking iceberg! In each of our subject-based live coaching sessions, we explore at least one new way to get your ideas down on paper. Be sure to join us and as we continue to learn and grow together!