Tips on Note-Taking in the Academic
- Use a timeline for recording historical events.
- Make a list for information that is presented in a step-by-step fashion
or requires a specific sequence.
- Use two columns to record similarities and differences for information that
is written in a comparison-contrast format.
- When reading information that has cause-effect relationships, create flowchart
diagrams to show the causes and identify their effects.
- When reading information that follows the definition pattern, record the
general group or class, list its distinguishing characteristics, and include
several relevant examples.
- Use an outline format to record notes when reading information that follows
the classification pattern.
- Use indentation to distinguish between major characteristics and their distinguishing
- When reading information that follows a problem-solution pattern, first
focus on the nature of the problem and the parameters of the problem. Then,
record the process of arriving at a solution.
- Use a simple listing formation when reading information that presents a
topic with a list of details. Identify the topic and make a random list of
all related details.