Note taking is used for a variety of purposes, for example:
- In lectures
- When reading books
- For planning
- For revision
It is best to find a style that suits your learning style. Some students prefer a more visual style; others a linear approach. Some examples of the different styles are included below.
The next two examples are pattern or mindmap notes. There are also software packages available that perform a similar function, for example Inspiration, Mind Manager, Mind Genius. Look out for free-to-download mindmapping software too.
Not all dyslexic people think in a holistic way and love concept maps! Some like linear notes.
This page uses a linear style. It is taken from ‘The Study Skills Handbook’ by Stella Cottrell (Palgrave 2003), which is an extremely useful book
Strategies for making linear notes
1 Good note-making: general
2 Useful strategies
3 Unhelpful strategies
4 Tidying messy notes