What is the best system for taking notes in class?
Well, luckily for you, I did the research
and it turns out that there are five different note taking systems
that are generally accepted to be pretty darn good.
And of course, I will be representing these
note taking systems with Street Fighter characters.
主持人：Thomas Frank 1991-2014
So, the five note taking systems
I’m going to go over in this video
include the outline method, the Cornell method, the mind map method,
包括提纲法 康奈尔笔记法 思维导图法
the flow method, and the write on the slides method.
The first note taking system on my list is the outline method.
I chose Ryu to represent it
because the outline method is straightforward,
based on hierarchy, disciplined
and overall very simple.
In fact, you couldn’t get more simple than the outline method
unless you were just straight up writing paragraph notes down.
And if you think
that’s going to be a good note taking method,
Well, things are not gonna work out for you.
The outline method is a note taking system
that’s based on bullet points and hierarchy.
Basically, to take outline style notes,
you simply create top level bullet points
of all the main points in the lecture.
Then you make lower level bullet points
to fill out all the details.
If you’re taking outline notes on paper,
it’s a good idea to either space out your main bullet points
or summarize them at the top if your professor goes through them.
And then make new bullet points that are more detailed down the line.
However, if you’re taking these notes on a computer like I always did in a program
like Evernote or Byword or another word processor,
you can easily go back, add new bullet points and format things
without having to mess up the structure of your document too much.
很方便的查看之前记的笔记 新增重点 还能排版
So honestly, for the outline method
I think using a computer is a perfect approach.
The second note taking method on my list is the Cornell method.
I’ve chosen Chun-Li to represent it
because she’s got multiple kicks
and it’s got multiple sections.
The Cornell method was developed by Walter Pauk back in the 1950s
and it still holds up pretty well today.
When you take your notes in the Cornell style,
you divide your paper into three distinct sections.
On the top of your paper you’ll two different columns,
the left one being the cue column
and the right one being the note taking column.
Underneath those two columns you add another box for the summary.
During class, you use the note taking column on the right to write notes in a normal style.
However, this is where the Cornell method deviates from other note taking systems.
As soon as you can after class,
you write down questions or cues in the cue column.
These are meant to help you review later.
You also write down a summary of the lecture in the summary column.
These two sections of the Cornell method,
the summary and the cue column,
They’re both designed to help you build reviewable notes the first time you write them.
That way you don’t have to go back and rework your notes so much.
Note taking system number three is the mind map method.
You know it’s been said that your mind is a map of the territory that is reality.
So maybe by that logic,
the mind map system is the perfect note taking system.
OS: Actually that doesn’t make any sense at all.
Either way, I chose Dhalsim to represent the mind mapping system,
because he’s a meditator
and he’s always focused on improving his mind.
To begin a mind map,
you simply take a blank piece of paper,
draw a circle in the middle of it
and add the main topic of the lecture there.
Then you’ll start branching off little trees and adding sub topics.
Eventually you’ll have lots of little branches
and you’ll create a mind map.
I never actually used mind maps for my class notes
but I have used them for blog post topics before.
When I’m wanting to write a blog post
on all the ways you could save money in college
I wanted to make sure I could cover all my bases.
So I created a mind map.
I put “saving money in college” in the middle
and then tried to figure out all the different facets of a student’s life
where they have to spend money.
Building a mind map help me organize all these topics
and as a result, I was able to create a more comprehensive list in the end.
The fourth note taking system is the flow method.
This system was invented by the writer Scott Young,
who’s probably best known for
going through the entire MIT computer science curriculum in a single year.
Scott uses what he calls holistic learning
and his approach is diametrically opposed to the rigid transcribing style of the outline method.
As a result, I chose Blanka to represent this note taking system.
His fighting style is that of basically a wild animal
and it’s the complete opposite of more disciplined fighters like Ryu or Guile.
And that is a perfect way to describe the flow system of note taking.
You’re not trying to get every single detail
from the lecture down to your paper,
and in fact the point is not to transcribe the lecture at all.
Rather it’s to learn while you are sitting in class.
As you take your notes,
your goal is to create an original document
that represents your mental image of the subject.
It’s not to record verbatim what your professor said.
As you take notes, you can go back to earlier points,
add details, draw on arrows and little offshoots
添加细节 画箭头 做些分支
and basically create something that is your own.
The entire point of the flow system of note taking is to learn it once.
This lets you accelerate your learning
and that’s the real strength to this system.
Final system of taking notes is
the lazy man’s way of taking notes.
I call it the write on the slides method.
To represent this note taking method, I chose Zangief.
Seriously, do you really think I put a whole lot of thought into these things?
讲真 你真的以为 我会花很多心思去找原因吗？
If your professor actually lets you download the lecture slides before class,
then it can be pretty convenient to just go print them off
at the computer lab and write directly on them.
One of the cool things about this method is
that the slides more or less mirror the flow of the lecture.
You almost get a timeline view when you take notes on slides.
It’s kind of like SoundCloud
where people can actually leave comments at specific times during an audio file.
Taking notes on slides isn’t that accurate,
but it’s pretty close.
When you do it you can look back and say
“okay, at this slide, he was talking about
return on the cost of buzzword synergy management.”
Those are the real strengths of the method.
You don’t have to write as much
because the slides sort of do it for you.
And you get a sort of timeline view for your notes.
So, those are in my humble opinion
the best five note taking systems out there.
Which one’s right for you?
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What is the best system for taking notes in class?