The Art of Note-Taking: Quick Fix for Easy Learning

Learning is a constant in our life. We learn from various sources; experiences, by taking up a course, on-the-job or getting inspired by others. Whatever be the reason, learning doesn’t stop. 

While continuing learning, certain lifehacks come handy. One such lifehack is note-taking. 

If we can forget what we had for lunch a week ago, is it possible to remember everything that we learn in a classroom, or during an official meeting, conference, presentation or seminar? Note-taking acts as a rescue to remember the important points and details that might otherwise, slip the mind. 

Of course, taking notes is not as easy as it sounds! Hence, this article will dive into the best practices that one should follow while taking notes. Whether you are attending an official annual meeting or listening to a seminar, these technics on note-making will be convenient at any juncture of your life. 

Keep reading to know which of these 5 tips would work the best for you. 

Here you go:

  1. Write phrases or keywords and not, full sentences. Long sentences are a strict “No”. Use those words that are necessary to ideate the entire topic. 
  2. Paraphrase. Take notes in your own words. Use words that make sense to you. Quote exact information only when it is required. 
  3. Arrange your notes with headings, sub-headings and numbers. Headings and sub-headings help in distinguishing the most important and less important parts of a topic. Structured notes help in understanding the flow of a lecture. Use bullet points or numbers to make your notes as effective as possible. 
  4. Use symbols and abbreviations. If you wish to write more with less effort, start using abbreviations in the note-taking process. When you cannot keep pace with the class and your writing demands more speed, symbols and abbreviations for specific words or phrases act as a saviour. 
  5. Incorporate visuals while taking notes. It is easy to remember information with the help of visuals, charts and pictures. Concept notes and diagrams enable in forming connections between ideas, and our brain processes the information quickly. 

Note-taking is a great way to keep you organized and process your learning experience in a detailed manner. Taking notes will help you to improve every project, hobby and, an event you participate in.  

Do you follow any other note-taking techniques? Which technique do you find the most effective? 

Have you started taking notes already? 

Stay tuned for more information and details on different note-taking methods! 

Anosua Chakraborty
A writer and a life-long learner are what describe Anosua the best. She holds immense educational experience with her Mass Communication (M.A) degree and ongoing PhD in Media & Communication. Professionally, Anosua has 5 years of experience in curating and strategizing corporate and academic content, which is the result of her passion for writing and creativity. Her expertise as a writer includes copywriting, content designing, content strategy, and developing e-learning modules & course curriculum.

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