When you listen to a long talk (like a TED Talk) or a lecture (like in a classroom), be an active listener. Take notes! WHY? Because taking notes helps you focus and reviewing notes helps you remember.

Here are 5 techniques for taking notes.  

1. Outline Method 

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The Outline Note-Taking Method utilizes indents.

Example:
Main points
Sub-Topic
Related thoughts or facts or details

2. Cornell Method 

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In this note-taking method:

  • Keywords (Main topics) are listed on the left
  • Main notes about the keywords are listed on the right
  • A summary of everything you learned is added to the bottom – but this can be done later when you review.

3.  The Boxing Method

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In this note-taking method, group related topics together in a box. When there is a new topic, a new box is created. Write each box in a different color.

This method makes for easy review!

4. The Mapping Method

Start in the middle, make a map.

Show relationships. 

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5. The Visual Method

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Draw images to show concepts. This makes the content easier to recall and think about later.

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