Note Taking Methods and Masterpost
There are two main ways people take notes - on paper or electronically. Each method has it's ups and downs and depending on the class, one method may work better than the other.
- One of the best methods I have found for taking notes on paper is the Cornell Method.
- Similarly, rewriting your notes to be neater/adding in more information from readings is a really good way to review and to make your notes legible if you take notes really fast.
- For any information that is related to each other, diagraming and mind-mapping the information can help explain concepts and be easier to follow.
- I tend to use color coded notebooks/binders to organize my notes when I hand write them and I try to rewrite/color code/ and diagram where I can.
Electronically (on a Computer):
- Typing is really the only way to take notes effectively on a computer, and there are some apps and programs that can help you stay organized while doing this.
- There are lots of ways to make your notes look cool and interesting with a computer, so if you are a visual person, I recommend this form of note taking.
- Google Drive is a great tool to use to organize your notes and classes in different folders. I use it a lot to keep track of research, organize the notes and handouts for classes, and to have easy access to my notes wherever I am.
- Notability is another app/tool that is great for keeping your notes together across a platform of devices. You can also back up your notes to Google Drive to have access to them there if needed.
- Ask your professor if you are not sure if they will allow you to have a laptop in class.
Electronically (on a Tablet):
- You can type or write notes on a tablet it all really depends on the best method for you.
- I again recommend that you use an app like Notability or Google Drive to make sure your notes are accessible at all times.
- This way can be really helpful if you have a good note taking method or if you like the look of electronic notes but still want to hand write all of the notes that you have.
- Ask your professor if you are not sure if they will allow you to have a tablet in class.
Other Forms of Note Taking:
- Video Recordings
- Make sure you ask your professor, this can be a bit hard for the professor to agree to because not everyone likes to be on a camera.
- Audio Recordings
- Again, ask your professor, though most may not have an issue with this.
My Note Taking Method:
I use a combination of my computer and iPad to take my notes. I use the Notability app to consolidate all of the notes that I have into one place and I back it all up onto a Google Drive folder. All of my handouts/resources I have for each class are consolidated into different folders in Google Drive so that I can access them easily. I use an Apple Pencil with my iPad Pro to take handwritten notes using Notability. I also use Notability when I type notes as well because it is easier to consolidate all of the information into one area.