If you’ve been watching studying videos for like 5 minutes
then you’ve already heard of the Cornell Method
mindmaps or the famous outline technique.
These are all proven ways
to take effective notes in class or during revision
because they provide a clear structure for ideas, facts and arguments
and have been used by top-scoring students all over the world.
But even if they are great
you’re probably sick and tired of hearing about those three.
So today we’re going to cover note taking methods that usually no one talks about
and are also incredible ways to organize information and ideas
without resorting to the traditional note-taking methods.
The split page method is a great note-taking method for factually dense subjects
and is used as a more condensed version of flashcards
promoting active recall after your lectures or in preparation for evaluation.
You can adapt it according to your class by using facts, topics or questions.
Dividing the page in half
you can insert the name of the topic or the question that needs to be answered in the left side of the page
and the corresponding answer or definition on the right column.
You can either study these notes normally
or by folding the page to create an added challenge
and quizzing yourself on these topics.
This type of note-taking method can be easily recreated in digital format
and I will below an awesome video
that explains how you can do it in Google sheets
The Q/E/C method is another study method
that Cal Newport talks a lot about in his Straight-A book.
Q/E/C stands for Question/Evidence/Conclusion
and the main purpose of this system
is to structure all of your lecture into question, evidence and conclusion formats
that you can then compile into one big study guide.
Besides reducing the amount of unnecessary information transcribed into your notes
the Q/E/C system creates a clear and obvious interrelation
between topic, conclusion and the stream of facts
and arguments that connect the two.
Furthermore, this note-taking system is two-in-one
since, besides helping you organize information while you are reading or attending your lectures
you’re also creating valuable study materials
to use during revision.
The Morse code method is a note-taking method envisioned by Cal Newport
and it focus mainly on taking advantage of written materials.
Whenever you find a sentence that seems to be laying out a main idea
you should draw a dot next to it in the margin
if you then come across an example or explanation that supports that big idea
you should draw a dash next to it on the margin.
This allows you to record information without breaking your reading momentum
so you can then take notes.
The act of taking the dots you’ve written and transforming them into notes
is called the processing stage
and it basically requires you to paraphrase the main idea
in your own words in a bullet point.
The author then encourages you to take all of these sentences
and review them in the format of a major question
“What is the main question being asked in the article?
What is the conclusion the authors point towards?”
Flow notes are very similar to mind maps
but they have no rules in terms of structure.
Although difficult to review
they allow you to incorporate a large amount of information during your class
because they are a free pass for you
to simply throw facts, arguments, topics and dates
你只需简单的将事实 论点 主题和日期写在纸上
on the page with no specific order
while connecting and linking these ideas as you hear them.
Flow notes are great for those who hate transcribing information
and prefer to process what they’re hearing into workable sentences or words
it’s actually kind of a holistic method
that works wonders for classes with no clear structure,
or discussion with interrelated components that aren’t easily organized
via outline or mind map format.
In case your class is highly dense on information
making it impossible to compress all of the facts,
you can still use flow notes as a hybrid system
to comment and annotate original materials and textbooks
to create summaries or visual aids for complex chapters or topics.
The sentence method is similar to the outline method
as it relies on an expansive vision of your notes,
but instead of using indenting and topic formulation
it uses one-liners, one per paragraph
to create a guide for each topic that is easily readable, workable and memorable.
The other major difference is that
while the outline technique uses indentation to hierarchize the importance of different segments of the topic,
by avoiding indenting the sentence method considers every sentence of equal value
which means that topics with a high-level of detail or information
can benefit from this system
as they force you to memorize
details as well as key ideas relating to the topic.
And if you want to reproduce these note taking systems in one place only
and incorporate your notes with all of the other
information and materials related to your classes
you should start using today’s sponsor, Notion, as soon as possible.
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also if you’re curious about how I’ve been using Notion
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For further resources
I will list down below
detailed articles about these note taking system.
I hope you enjoyed this video and I will see you next week.
If you’ve been watching studying videos for like 5 minutes