Introduction: Productivity: How is Your Note-Taking?
How is your note-taking?
To remember more of what you read and learn, it is important to find a note taking system that works best for you. Taking effective notes saves you time, so that you do not have to reread or relearn information. But how can you decide what note-taking system is best for your needs, if you do not know what options you have?
I have done a three-part series on note-taking, but decided to revisit – after reading “5 Reasons You Should Take Notes with OneNote Anywhere” by Joel Lee, staff writer for MakeUseOf – because it is such an important topic. These days, to excel in your career, you have to find ways to continually update your skills and acquire new ones. To be able to apply this newfound knowledge, you have to take effective notes that you can review.
No matter what your profession, there are lots of reasons to take notes. You take notes to retain information from things you hear – like meetings and presentations. You take notes to capture…
The Ultimate Guide to Note-Taking: In this detailed article on note-taking, the writer, Kate Matsudaira, offers information on the various forms of note-taking, and you will find one that works for you. The note-taking techniques include: Outline/List; SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review); Visual; and Diagrams and Processes.
Note-Taking Just Became Easier with Google’s New Voice Transcription Tool: As the new school year gets off the ground, Google has updated Docs with a number of features that should help students be more productive and efficient. While Office has a lock on the enterprise market, Google Docs is extremely popular among students due to its price tag; introducing these features is, for Google, a savvy business move that should further secure its core audience.
Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard?: This article refers to study on note taking, which I have referenced on this blog before. The bottom-line is that you remember more of what you learn when you take notes by hand. When you take notes on your computer, you tend to write down word-for-word, instead of reinterpreting what you are hearing or reading.
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Evolution of Note Taking: New Form: The writer demonstrates how her note-taking techniques have evolved over more than a decade.
What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop: This Harvard Business Review article by Maggy McGloin references that famous study, but what she adds, is that it’s important to focus on what you are writing and what you are actually hearing. When you do this, your notes will reflect your interpretation of what you heard, which allows you to remember more.
With some set-up, modeling, and direct instruction, your students can go from okay to great note-takers.
Launching a Year of Meaningful Note-Taking: This article is important because it is from the perspective of a teacher. The ideas in the article will enable you take better notes.
How to Take Effective Notes: This article by Belle Cooper highlights many of the benefits of taking good notes. Have context to your note-taking and keep it organized.
The digital age has surely dawned on us. With the advancements of technology, almost everything has become more convenient, faster, or automatic. Almost everything can be done with just a click of a button. Since we have become so used to the idea of things being advanced, digital, or digitized, thi
Note Taking in 2017: With advances in digital technology, the temptation is to take notes using digital tools, but if you want to remember more of what you are learning, take notes manually.
The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More: The writer, Larry Ferlazzo, shares some resources on note-taking and makes a request for readers to add more.
Richard Branson attributes some of his most successful companies to the art of note taking: Nearly everyone knows about Richard Branson and the mega success he has had, running many businesses. He attributes his success to taking notes, but he doesn’t just simply take notes, he rereads them, and transforms them into actionable and measurable goals.
> Writing > Academic > Go to class prepared Improve your listening skills Develop a notetaking method that works for you Pay close attention to content Review and edit your notes (My technical writing student, Vivinette K. Dietsche, submitted these tips for a project in
Taking Notes: 5 College Success Tips: This is a five step process to note-taking in college: Go to class prepared; Improve your listening skills; Develop a note-taking method that works for you; Pay close attention to the content; and Review and edit your notes. Even if you are not in college, you can benefit from the tips and ideas in the detailed article. The last item in the process is reviewing and editing your notes, which is key to remembering more of what you learned. If you do what billionaire, Richard Branson does, is turn the notes you take in actionable items.
The Very Best Note-Taking Tips, Tricks, and Tools: This article is geared toward students, but there are useful note-taking information for anyone. The article also includes digital tools for better note-taking.
How many times have you thought taking notes might be a waste of time? Well, here's proof that note-takers are actually headed for success.
Why People Who Take Notes All the Time Are More Likely To Be Successful: This article highlights the benefit of note-taking and how to get the most from it. Effective note-taking forces you to focus on what you are hearing and reading, allowing you to reinterpret the information in your own words and remembering more of the information.
The Invisible Mentor Posts on Note-Taking
Digital Note-Taking Tools
Livescribe 3 and Moleskine Note Taking Bundle Lunches For $230: In the past, Livescribe got some very bad reviews on Amazon. Hopefully, by teaming with Moleskin, the system will work a lot better.
Final Thoughts: Productivity: How is Your Note-Taking?
Taking excellent notes is important, but what you do with the notes is even more important. To get the most from your note-taking, review your notes the same day, then turn your notes into actionable items. If you take notes while reading a book, think of ways that you can apply the information personally and professionally. Once a month, connect the ideas from one book to the next. Create a newsletter, summarizing key information that would be of benefit to your target audience.