Taking notes

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Taking notes is an important step in the learning process. It is also a valuable life skill. It’s a way of developing your thinking around a topic, an active process where you take information and process it into a format that helps you understand and apply what you are learning.

Your notes become your personal reference library and a place to reflect as you study and to form your own opinions.

Note-taking is a deeply personal thing – and you will find your own approach, techniques and software. You may want to take some notes by hand and some on a computer. The advice we are giving here is about digital approaches, which have the advantage of storing large amounts of information in a structured way and being fully structured and searchable.

Supporting your note-taking

  • Taking notes at University
  • Using Microsoft Word for Note-Taking
  • Using One Note for your notes
  • Using ‘Glean’ for your notes (£)
  • Using Mind-mapping with MindView for your notes
  • Using Pro-Study to curate (capture and organise) information (£)
  • Getting the most from your recorded lectures