Andrea Mayers en Education and Training, Secondary Education 7/8/2018 · 2 min de lectura · +100

Unusual methods of note-taking

Quick note-taking is one of the most important skills for those who study at school or university. It would seem that this issue should be given priority first of all, in order to facilitate the students' process of storing information on paper. But, strangely enough, a quick summary is not taught at all - even though it directly affects the progress in learning. How many students are at all able to make out what they wrote in a hurry at the lectures?

So today we'll talk about non-standard methods of writing, invented by successful people for their own use - they will be useful to those who prefer to save data on paper, not trusting electronics.

Unusual methods of note-taking

Flow method

Recently, the coach Scott Young invented a rather original method of outlining, designed not so much to record information as to express the listener's opinion. It consists of not only listening to the lecture passively but also understanding what is said, analyzing and forming your own ideas based on the information received. The abstract summarizes the main theses of the lecture and your thoughts about what was heard. Of course, such a summary will be radically different from what the teacher sets out, so to save the text of the lecture it's better to secure yourself with a dictaphone.

Cornell's method

He received his name from Cornell University, where he was taught by the professor who came up with him, Walter Pauk. Since that time, more than half a century has passed, but the method is still very popular among teachers and students.

For the abstract, you will need a sheet of A4 paper, a pen, and a ruler. At the top of the page, draw a horizontal line, separating the field for the date and title. In the same way, separate the bottom part of the page - in this field you will write a few sentences, in which concentrate on the main idea of the lecture. You will have the middle part of the sheet - you need to draw it with a vertical line on the large right column and the small left one.

Outline the lecture or paragraph of the training manual in a large column the way you used to do it in the notebook. It is advisable to leave small intervals after the proposals, so as to add something there as needed. Then you need to fill a narrow column - write down key dates and names opposite to the place where they occur in the text. Within the next day fill the bottom of the page - in a few phrases, outline the essence of what was written in a large column.

This method is good because it forces a person to return to the abstracts all the time, to review them and thereby better remember the information. But if the records are not modified, Cornell's method loses its main idea and turns into an ordinary short abstract. You can read more on how to write abstract papers for your study researches at Try different methods and choose the one you like the best!

The method of Bill Gates

At the beginning of the 2000s, Rob Howard, an entrepreneur, met with Bill Gates in the negotiations. This acquaintance brought him many interesting observations, so Howard shared his impressions with readers of his blog.

The most striking thing was that one of the richest people on the planet did not use a laptop or a dictaphone for their recordings. He wrote everything by hand on paper.

Howard looked into the notebook of the interlocutor and noticed that the page was divided into several squares, each of which housed information of a certain subject. For example, one of the blocks was assigned to the questions that Bill had with communication.

There is an opinion that the method of Bill Gates is nothing more than a slightly redesigned Cornell method, so it can be transformed according to the user's needs, and not just thoughtlessly copy. Placement, the size of squares and their subjects can be any - if only they fulfilled their purpose.

Mental cards

This technique of information storage is widely used. Its distribution is connected with the name of British TV presenter and psychologist Tony Buzan, who actively used mental maps in the seventies of the last century in his television program "Use Your Head" (BBC). Today, this method is quite popular among those who use brainstorming to find new ideas.

First, you need to draw a circle or a square in the center of the page, in which you will write the topic of the lecture. After that, from the central block with the help of rays, take away new squares or circles, putting in them important concepts and data. When using this technique, it is better to write with pens of different colors, so that the branches of different subjects are combined with the help of color.