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Maximising Productivity When Studying: How To Take Notes Effectively

Lucy Morgan

Maximising Productivity When Studying: How To Take Notes Effectively

Lucy Morgan

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7 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Cornell Method

    • 3. The Mapping Method

    • 4. The Outlining Method

    • 5. The Charting Method

    • 6. The Sentence Method

    • 7. Class Project

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About This Class

Hello everyone!

In this class you will learn how to take notes effectively - this could be in class, when watching a video/film or in real life!

You will learn 5 different note-taking techniques:

  • The Cornell Method
  • The Mapping Method
  • The Outlining Method
  • The Charting Method
  • The Sentence Method

And for each method we will cover:

  • What is it best for?
  • How do you do it?
  • What does it look like?
  • Example

I am a full-time student so I know a thing or two about taking notes. As well as this, I did lots of research on these methods and the sources I used are:

The information I got for my examples come from these sites:

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Lucy Morgan


Hello, I'm Lucy and I'm a full-time student!

I love all things creative from embroidery to graphic design! I hope that I can inspire people to be more creative through my skillshare classes.

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1. Introduction: everyone and welcome back. So in this class, we're going to be doing how to take your notes effectively on this should hopefully maximize your productivity when studying. So in this class, we're gonna go through five proven methods. We're gonna look up there, Cornell method the mapping matter of the outlining method charting method on the sentence. And for each method we're going to be looking at, what is it best for? How do you do it? What does it look like? I'm also gonna be going for an example for each method, and you may be thinking, Why do I need to learn how state notes? Why is it necessary? Well, actually, no taking has a very big impact on your grades on better notes actually result in a better understanding of the topic. It will also help you to better your active listening, which helps you to connect multiple topics together. And it will also save you a lot of time because in taking notes, you creating vision resources for yourself. So unless needs be made on who doesn't love saving time, and I also want to add that all the sources I used to make this class are in the class description. So with that said, I really hope you all enjoy and let's get started. 2. The Cornell Method: Hello, everyone. Welcome back. So in this lesson will be looking at the corn now, Math at first on this method ISS so so effective because you've got your study cues. You've got all your main notes and you've got some river and all in one place. So let's look at the uses an advanced years. So the canal method is best for understanding key ideas, understanding relationships and also improving your active recall. So if you're someone who struggles with any of these things and the call now method is for you, some of the advantages include that the page is very organized and you also have a summary of the bottom. This makes it easy to review and also easy to see the main ideas as you have a column for oil key information. So let's have a look at what the Cornell method looks like so you can start off with a blank piece of paper and you're going to split it. So you've got a larger chunk on the right hand side that also a smaller chunk at the bottom . So in the right hand section, that's gonna be the your note taking section and you're going to take these knows during the class on in this, you're gonna include all thes things are on the screen. Next on the left, we have got the queues and that will be written in after your class. This is gonna include all the keywords and the key questions, just things. And you're gonna put them in line with your notes so you can easily reference parts of your notes without having to read through the whole thing. And finally, the bottom part is the summary, and this will also be done after class. As you can see, the canal method is quite heavy and workload after your class. And this is just a short summary of the main points on it's only fair, quick reference. So if you're flicking through your notes, it's easy to see what pages about. So now we're gonna have a look about about how you would apply this in a practical situation. So first, Well, you're gonna take your notes during the class, as I mentioned before, and you're gonna take them here and then Secondly, you gonna write down prompts for each section on the important thing that you need to remember and they will be done here. I'm finally you're going to write a summary of your notes to highlight all the main points that you covered in the notes section will be done here. So that's good for your quick example on for this example, I'm going to be using GCSE respiration because it's quite an easy example to show you. So I'm splitting my page up on in this section. I'm going to write all of the information I'm taken in my class. I'm gonna go through and I'm gonna write everything down. And then in the left hand colon, I'm gonna be writing little sort of subheadings on also keywords. So, as you can see, I've got one for respiration than I put over a bit because it links to aerobic respiration . And then I put the word oxygen because, as you can see in the first sentence, aerobic respiration needs oxygen. And then I'm gonna do one for anaerobic respiration and also put the words no oxygen, and this just makes it very, very clear to me, the anaerobic respiration does not require oxygen. And finally, my summary I've just summarized all of my main points, so When I'm flicking through my notes, I can easily see this. That is the end of the lesson. It Thank you so much for watching on. I really hope that now you understand everything about the canal method on If it's right for you, see even the next lesson. 3. The Mapping Method: Hi, everyone, welcome back. So in this lesson, where can we take a look at the mopping mustard? And this is a more visual way to organize your class loads. And it's also very useful learning relationships between different topics. So let's have a look at some of the uses and advantages. So it's best for the visual learners who don't like to write reams and reams of long notes , and they just prefer to look a simple diagram and structured way of learning. It's also really good for understanding relationships on processes, as you'll see in a minute. And then some of the advantages is that all your notes are gonna be organized by topic, and it's very easy to see the main ideas because they're in a bold at the top, and it's also a very visual way of organizing your notes. So this is what the mapping method is going to look like. It's the main topic is going to be at the top, and it's gonna branch out into sub topic. She can add as many of these as you like, and then we're gonna put an arrow down, and you're gonna right the key details each topic and then brunching off. The key details are several points on again. You can add as many as you like. As you can see this map, it is very best time. So we're gonna have a look at the practical application of this topic. Next, it's the 1st 1 You're gonna begin the map with main topic in the branch, each sub topic off the main topic. Then you're gonna write your most important points under the sub topic in the section which is label key details, and then you're gonna continue to branch out to other points. You're gonna continue to do this until your dog. So let's have a look at an example on again. I'm using the example of GCSE respiration, but this is a very easy example to show you. So as you can see, I've got the main topic respiration at the top and the splits off into my sub topics aerobic and anaerobic. And then again, I've got in the blue box is the key information for aerobic. I've got needs oxygen and for anaerobic, I've got no oxygen required. And underneath these blue boxes, I branched out into several other facts about the topic. As you can see, this is a very simple way of organizing your notes on is very easy to write down the quick fact that you may need. So that's the end of this lesson, which covered the mapping method. I've really hurt you now understand the mapping method and if it's right for you and I'll see you in the next lesson by. 4. The Outlining Method: Hi, everyone, welcome back. So in this lesson, it's gonna be all about the outlining method on this uses headings and bullet points to organize your tactics, and it's very useful for learning topics in a lot of detail. So let's have a look at some of the uses and advantages. The outlining method is best for detailed topics, as mentioned earlier as you can include a lot of information. It's also really got for creating review questions or revision questions. Andi, as well as the Cornell on the mounting method. It's really good for understanding relationships between different topics. The advantages of this method are that is very organized, and it's easy to make study question. So let's have a look how we would structure at the outlining method. So first you're going to start off with the main topic on. Then you're gonna induct sightly for a sub topic and then in damp the sub topic for points , and you can add as many points as you like, and it's many sub topics per main topic. So again, the practical up case year, you're gonna begin with your main topic at the top, and it's not gonna be indented Atal. And then you're gonna right the sub topic below the main topic, but in dense slightly and then in Don't again enlist the points relative to that sort topic . This is a very simple method on the one. I use myself as I like to study things in hopes of details. So here's an example on yet again, we're using the example of GCSE respiration. So at the top, our main topic is obviously respiration and that Artie sub topics aerobic and anaerobic. And as you can see, my points indented also, bullet pointed. The bullet points are optional, but I like to do this because it helps me clearly see a different shape between different sentences. So it's the end of this lesson on the outlining method. I really, really hope you enjoyed this lesson and now know how to use the outlining method. If it's right for you, I'll see you in the next lesson by 5. The Charting Method: have low everyone welcome back in this lesson, we're gonna be loath. Charting mattered on. This uses columns to organize information. So let's have a look at some of the uses and advantages for the charting method. Chancing method is best for advising lots of different facts and calls every topics that have lots of statistics, onda or names. This is particularly common in subjects like history or science is also very, very good for categorizing information as you have columns with different headings. A new ad information as you go. This could really come in hand day for fuel, watching an educational video, and you want to comment on three different topics. You would add bullet points of information underneath the headings, and you could not as many as you want for each category without it getting messy enough. The advantages. The charging method is very organized. As like I said before, you've got different subheadings on each category is off into separate columns. It's very easy to review different points on the key. Information is highlighted as it is shown as a sub topic at the top of each column. So as before, we're going to start off with a blank piece of paper. We're going to split it into three columns at the top is gonna be your main topic or your title. And then you're gonna put your sub topics for each column and then in each column you're gonna bullet point the different points about the topic that you may live. This is also very useful. If you're going to watch a video and take notes about different topics, as you can, bullet point them as you go. Now, let's look at the practical application to number one. You're gonna have this layout ready before your class. Obviously, you're not gonna have your bullet points written, but try to have your main topic on your sub topics right now. Then one of facts about each top his bench and prices in the appropriate column. Com Bullet point. This again is optional. So now we're gonna go through an example unsurprised. It's not about respiration. This time. That's actually going to be about English monarchs. So we're going to split the page into three Collins again, and I'm going to write the first subheading, which is Elizabeth first and then heavily eight on them. James first and as you can see here, I've written loads of bullet points. Andi, they are all jumbled up information, but they all relates to the monarch, which is then. The idea is that you take this home in the organizes and to get the flash cards or study questions on this could also be used to make notes in the form of the canal method as they are now organized by category. That's the end of this lesson. Banky's so much and well done for getting this far. I really hope you know how to use charting method on If it's right for you. I'll see you in the next lesson by 6. The Sentence Method: Okay, everyone has low welcome back on. But we are on the last method, how sad and is thes sentence method, and this is definitely the most simple mattered I've shown. But for some people, simple is better. So for the uses and advantages of this method, it is best for taking quick notes. I'm making notes for smaller or last detailed topics. It's also very good for listing definitions, so this is good for languages or science. Any topic unit definition, even months on some of the advantages include that help you to pick out the relevant information for a topic. It's very efficient, as you can do it as you go. There's no pre Pratt on. Also, the notes are very simplified, so it's easy for another person to look at. So, as always, we're gonna start off with a blank piece of paper. We're just gonna write our main topic at the top, and then literally all you have to do is very a sentence explaining the key details. For a B C. There are separate sentences. They can be bullet pointed again optional. It's all about personal preference here, And if you feel notes to what you like. You will want to use the practical application first right title. And then you write down any important information that relates to the title in the sentences. You're gonna use a new sentence online per point on this keeps oil points separated. So it's easy and clear to say and you're gonna begin each new top it with a title. So let's say that you are writing about respiration. My lovely favorite example, and you get about halfway down the page and you decide you want to synthesis. You're obviously gonna need any title that because those things are related. So time, for example. And I'm sure Well, guess what it is by now. Yep, it's respiration. So I am writing quick fucks about respiration here present. I'm sitting in a class and I'm just taking these down Easy peasy, son senses just split up. You can easily tell the difference between each sentence in this example. I've not bullet point with them, but I do usually bullet point then on. So yeah, that is basically it sentence method. It's so easy. It's very good if you're a jumble person just easy, but it's also very effective as Well, easy for someone else. Three is just around. Very simple, quick, effective. The end of this method on the end of all the math lids, I really, really hope that you enjoyed this one. And now no house uses Hanson's method. And if it's right for you, the final lesson is about the class project. So I hope to see that by 7. Class Project: Hi, everyone. Welcome back. So we are very, very nearing the end off. The class is very side. What? Thank you for sticking here for this long. So we're going to start off this quick lesson with the class of project because what is a class without a project? So we've learned about ALS. These map is all five methods, proven methods and hopefully by now, want to stuck out to you. And you think, Yes, that is the one I'm going to use. If not, go back and have a look at the best four color. Any of their descriptions fit you, then pick that warm. So that's it from me and not over to you. It's your turn. So what you're gonna do for me is you're gonna pick out your favorite method on If you're studying something at the moment, just try using this method, and then you're gonna post a little picture in the class project section off you studying or off your study paper, and then you're gonna tell me if it works. If it doesn't seem any more effective than your usual study method, then don't worry, because you've got four others to try If none of them work and you have a method that works , please share them in the comments on also in your class project because I'm sure everyone would look to That's it from me. Thank you, everyone, by