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How to... Take Effective Notes

Now that you know how to read efficiently and effectively, you now need to learn how to transfer what you’ve read into notes.

Everyone takes notes differently: some prefer to take notes on a laptop whilst others prefer the traditional pen and paper. Check out the video below for a guide on how to take good notes when reading or during a lecture.

One of the ways you can make you notes in a way that will make sense to you is to use the Cornell method below:

Remember: what works for you, may not work for others. The Cornell method may not work for you, but creating mindmaps on various topics after your reading/class might do. Some people employ certain methods that they see, but in reality they’re not retaining anything.

Click on this link to find out what type of learner you are. Once you know what type of learner you are, it will be easier to make notes which work for you. You might choose to draw rather than write, or use various colours instead of one pen to make your notes stand out.

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