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You are becoming more and more advanced in your classes. Your study strategies can improve and change, too.
- Three Types of Reading Strategies from Cornell University.
Traditional outlining is a way to organize information into main ideas and details from a longer format such as a lecture or book chapter.
Mind Maps are a good second step in notetaking. Creating a mind map is helpful for summarizing, consolidating, and categorizing material. It’s a great way to study, review, or memorize complex information.
The Cornell Notetaking System boosts your critical thinking and memory skills by forming questions and practicing recall.
Examples of 7 Kinds of Notetaking from Oregon State University.
- Avoid writing complete sentences
- Notes are for your own use and not intended for others to see. So, make sure you are able to understand what you write and don’t worry about anyone else.
- When focusing on speed, use abbreviations, symbols, and pictures instead of full words.
- Whether you are listening or reading, look for transition signals that point to big ideas.
- Only write what is most important. Make decisions about what to write and what not to write.
- Write down questions frequently. You can use these later when reviewing – either to answer or to inspire further investigation.
- Predict quiz and test questions as you write. Star or highlight items you expect may be tested later.