‘Notetaking’ should actually be thought as ‘note creating’ or 'note making'. This is because good notes are unique creations that represent your thinking, learning, understanding and questioning – all of which are active processes. In contrast, ‘taking notes’ that represent exactly what you have heard or have read are actually poor for learning. While they are great for capturing an experience (like a lecture), they are actually poor notes for learning as they are developed passively and this does not require much thought. This guide will explore all of these concepts in detail, and help you develop your approach for creating notes.
This site is divided into five key areas: Notes from reading; Notes from lectures; Notetaking software.