It may seem that all it takes to remember something from a textbook or a book is vigorously taking notes. There are a few other factors that affect the way we learn from a text. With the help of a small guide I’ve purchased recently, Reading & Making Notes by Jeanne Godfrey, I’ve come up with a few helpful points on how to read effectively and make it worth your time.
Hey guys! I’ve received so many questions about reading textbooks and taking notes on that, so I am going to share with you how I do it. I like to write on the margins. Not highlight. I don’t use a special color coding technique to separate my comments from key terms from titles from definitions. My system is very simple and makes sense to me. All I use are: A pencil An eraser Small (not tiny) sticky notes To start, I think it’s important to read actively. This means to think through the material, note things you don’t understand, complete little practice problems at the end of each section and connect new concepts with each other and the old ones. The margins of my textbook are pretty thick – so thick I can fit a small 2 x 1.5 inch sticky note. On the sticky note, I write definitions and very important concepts that go with the definition. This means that I have anywhere from 2 to 6 sticky notes per page. I underline important explanations …
Learned this the hard way this quarter 🙁
I got some questions recently on reading a book/textbook and taking notes. Here is the part about textbook reading, I’ll come up with novel-type book reading soon! The three main things you can do while reading a textbook are: 1) Stop highlighting and start writing things down- on margins or in a notebook. Because you’re thinking while writing, it will help you remember the information more. 2)Take concise notes, don’t include details. Key concepts and short descriptions only, no ramblings. 3) Look at the big picture. Summarize the chapters you’ve read, organize all information on paper. In the end you will know the key ideas and will just need to sort out the smaller details. Happy reading!
Hey everyone, I’ve received a few questions about using post-it notes for reading and taking notes, so here are a few pictures of how I do it: (To make it less complicated, I used a children’s French cook book called “The Young French Chef.”) 1. On the tiniest, green little flags I wrote down the # and name of chapter. 2. On the pink one (which I actually cropped a little), is the important part of the recipe I want to highlight. The top border of the paper underlines that part also. 3. On the biggest, bright blue note, I summarized the chapter. So all together it looks like this (this is very minimalist, though)
When facing a difficult text, the easiest way to understand it is by breaking it down into smaller chunks and annotating it.
Universal tips on approaching a Science class! I’m taking a BioPsych course this quarter and have found that doing all these things really helps. I’m not behind on my readings and the amount of information is not as overwhelming as everyone says it is.
A Visual guide to note-taking systems: The Cornell Method, Outlining, Mapping and Charting