Unless you have one spacious memory palace, you’re going to be taking a lot of notes. For those of us who weren’t stenographers in a former life, this most essential of tasks can be surprisingly challenging. How do I capture what I need in a way that’s reasonably organized and at least semi-legible?
For note-taking in classes, our "Mastering Note-Taking and Time Management" workshop will show you how attending a class or lecture can become an active experience that doubles as a study and research session; it will teach you how to “lean forward” in class and wisely invest your valuable time. Workshops are offered in the first four weeks of each quarter; you can sign up during workshop season through WCOnline. See the whole workshop list here.
For more tips, including ideas for taking notes about sources, please see the following links.
- GWC workshop video: "How to Take Notes and Ace Tests"
- Short video (1:35): "Research & Writing Tips: How to Take Research Notes," Laura Turner
- Handout: "Taking Notes while Reading," UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Website: “Taking Notes from Research Reading,” University of Toronto
- Handout: "Reading to Write," University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Video (20:32) offering very useful techniques for all graduate work: “Note Taking during a PhD,” Tara Brabazon, Office of Graduate Research, Flinders University
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