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Publish at May 04 2022 Updated May 09 2022

The benefits of note-taking for learning

Whatever its format

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Between the early note-taking on paper and today's note-taking in its on-screen format, we still need to remember what we are learning in order to prevent our memory from failing us. And to do this, becoming a good note-taking scribe involves putting the best omens on our side!

The benefits of note-taking

Neuroscience is here to point this out to us: note-taking while learning allows us better attention and focus that promotes the memorization process. Every time we rephrase in our note-taking what we just heard in class, when we set ourselves memory challenges in the form of a test, riddle or keyword to develop, we actively engage in making the acquisition and consolidation of learning more successful.

After this note-taking, have the concern to reread them to check the accuracy of the words. In case of doubts, do not hesitate to ask for some additional explanation from the teacher or fellow students. Be sure to make a distinction between what has been said, what is essential and what remains to be confirmed or expanded with further research.

Of course, we do not become note-taking experts overnight. We face a kind of passage where questions of time of experience and learning techniques come into play.

How do we then get on the right track? How do we succeed in learning to spot the essential information? How do we know how to prioritize them in a layout that is practical for us?

First step: observation

The first step will be that of observing what is being done in note-taking around us, whether it be by the teaching staff or our classmates. What method seems to be used the most? Does this method fit our learning style and profile?

Each method offers a different layout. On the one hand, the note taking can be in the form of a waterfall, staircase, tree or concept network, for example. On the other, the information to be noted can be divided into specific writing areas as proposed by the Cornell method:

  • An A area to identify the subject, date and course.
  • An area B for concise and airy note-taking of content. This part can be hidden afterwards for revision.
  • An area C to write key words or some warning.
  • An area D to briefly summarize in two sentences and number the page.

In addition, we can still choose between the conceptual map, the sketchnoting, the boxing method or the one called The Outline Method.

What material we will need? Establish what will be needed on paper as quick-drying markers to establish color codes for example or on screen ask ourselves which programs or applications we will use for note taking (Evernote, Microsoft One, Google Keep, Simple Note, Notion Bear, Apple Notes...) with the caveat of remembering to always be equipped with the proper chargers and good access to the outlet.

Step two: practice

Practice will guide you on what will work best in your note-taking, the results obtained in the assessments will provide you with a clear insight on them.

Good note-taking may come to the rescue of the unwillingly absent classmate now, another day we may be the ones who need it.

Supporting each other with good teams sharing note-taking is a big plus.

The case of UNIPAD a device that allows non-native speaking students to access the note-taking of French-speaking students live from lectures by means of a collaborative text editor used synchronously is quite a success. We would speak of a usual note-taking depending on the country. A French-style note-taking for example that might not be too far from the Spanish-style note-taking.

Those who will be at an advantage in note-taking will be people who like to organize ideas and write. These same people already take notes in their personal lives, they may even have a paper or screen diary where they have been practicing for a while.

I remember one specific example well. The learner when she took notes was such as she cooked and tidied the house, efficient, organized surpassing even that in the subject of foreign language learning. Her notes, they had an incredible charm that made you want to review the material you were learning at any time of the day. I spoke to her recently she still has her cherished notebook with her no matter what house moves are made!

If you ask me for my personal advice for note taking, I would say find your style, what works best for you. For me what works in all cases is color coding, symbols, shapes, arrows and boxes to tie the information together to form the theoretical but artistic visual whole I need.

Image fromYerilee on Pixabay


References

BONNET, C. Quick and efficient note-taking method (+ abbreviation). URL: https://sherpas.com/blog/prise-de-note-rapide-et-efficace/

BOUCHET, K. Design of the Unipad collaborative note-taking device. International journal of pedagogy in higher education. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/ripes/1503; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/ripes.1503

This note-taking method would be very effective. Being a Student. URL: https://etreetudiant.com/methode-de-prise-de-note-efficace/

CHAPUIS, C. Note taking on paper is more stimulating for the brain. URL: https://www.gqmagazine.fr/pop-culture/article/la-prise-de-notes-sur-papier-est-plus-stimulante-pour-le-cerveau-que-celle-sur-l-ecran-d-un-smartphone-ou-d-un-ordinateur-et-elle-permet-d-avoir-une-bien-meilleure-memoire

Discover Sketchnote. URL: https://continuite-pedago.canoprof.fr/eleve/Fiches_Pratiques_ressources_outils_enseignants/Decouvrir_sketchnote/

DESWARTE, C. Reflection on the Preparation for Note Taking in French as a Second Language of Non-Native Speakers Studying in a Francophone University. URL: https://www.academia.edu/3435222/La_prise_de_notes_%C3%A0_la_fran%C3%A7aise_pour_des_noteurs_non_natifs

Note taking. URL: https://umcs-comment-tuvas.ca/la-prise-de-notes

LOSFELD, J-B.The best note taking apps on Android. URL: https://www.clubic.com/application-mobile/dossier-381917-back-to-school-les-meilleures-applications-de-prise-de-notes-sur-android.html

I remember one specific example well. The learner when she took notes was such as she cooked and tidied the house, efficient, organized surpassing even that in the subject of foreign language learning. Her notes had a charm that made you want to review the material at any time of the day. I spoke to her recently she still has her cherished notebook with her no matter what house moves are made!

If you ask me for my personal advice for note taking, I would say find your style, what works best for you. For me what works in all cases is color coding, symbols, shapes, arrows and boxes to tie the information together to form the theoretical but artistic visual whole I need.

Image fromYerilee on Pixabay


References

BONNET, C. Quick and efficient note-taking method (+ abbreviation). URL: https://sherpas.com/blog/prise-de-note-rapide-et-efficace/

BOUCHET, K. Design of the Unipad collaborative note-taking device. International journal of pedagogy in higher education. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/ripes/1503; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/ripes.1503

This note-taking method would be very effective. Being a Student. URL: https://etreetudiant.com/methode-de-prise-de-note-efficace/

CHAPUIS, C. Note taking on paper is more stimulating for the brain. URL: https://www.gqmagazine.fr/pop-culture/article/la-prise-de-notes-sur-papier-est-plus-stimulante-pour-le-cerveau-que-celle-sur-l-ecran-d-un-smartphone-ou-d-un-ordinateur-et-elle-permet-d-avoir-une-bien-meilleure-memoire

Discover Sketchnote. URL: https://continuite-pedago.canoprof.fr/eleve/Fiches_Pratiques_ressources_outils_enseignants/Decouvrir_sketchnote/

DESWARTE, C. Reflection on the Preparation for Note-taking in French as a Second Language of Non-Native Speakers Studying in a Francophone University. URL: https://www.academia.edu/3435222/La_prise_de_notes_%C3%A0_la_fran%C3%A7aise_pour_des_noteurs_non_natifs

Note taking. URL: https://umcs-comment-tuvas.ca/la-prise-de-notes

LOSFELD, J-B.The best note taking apps on Android. URL: https://www.clubic.com/application-mobile/dossier-381917-back-to-school-les-meilleures-applications-de-prise-de-notes-sur-android.html

I remember one specific example well. The learner when she took notes was such as she cooked and tidied the house, efficient, organized surpassing even that in the subject of foreign language learning. Her notes, they had an incredible charm that made you want to review the material you were learning at any time of the day. I spoke to her recently she still has her cherished notebook with her no matter what house moves are made!

If you ask me for my personal advice for note taking, I would say find your style, what works best for you. For me what works in all cases is color coding, symbols, shapes, arrows and boxes to tie the information together to form the theoretical but artistic visual whole I need.

Image fromYerilee on Pixabay


References

BONNET, C. Quick and efficient note-taking method (+ abbreviation). URL: https://sherpas.com/blog/prise-de-note-rapide-et-efficace/

BOUCHET, K. Design of the Unipad collaborative note-taking device. International journal of pedagogy in higher education. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/ripes/1503; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/ripes.1503

This note-taking method would be very effective. Being a Student. URL: https://etreetudiant.com/methode-de-prise-de-note-efficace/

CHAPUIS, C. Note taking on paper is more stimulating for the brain. URL: https://www.gqmagazine.fr/pop-culture/article/la-prise-de-notes-sur-papier-est-plus-stimulante-pour-le-cerveau-que-celle-sur-l-ecran-d-un-smartphone-ou-d-un-ordinateur-et-elle-permet-d-avoir-une-bien-meilleure-memoire

Discover Sketchnote. URL: https://continuite-pedago.canoprof.fr/eleve/Fiches_Pratiques_ressources_outils_enseignants/Decouvrir_sketchnote/

DESWARTE, C. Reflection on the Preparation for Note Taking in French as a Second Language of Non-Native Speakers Studying in a Francophone University. URL: https://www.academia.edu/3435222/La_prise_de_notes_%C3%A0_la_fran%C3%A7aise_pour_des_noteurs_non_natifs

Note taking. URL: https://umcs-comment-tuvas.ca/la-prise-de-notes

LOSFELD, J-B.The best note taking apps on Android. URL: https://www.clubic.com/application-mobile/dossier-381917-back-to-school-les-meilleures-applications-de-prise-de-notes-sur-android.html

I remember one specific example well. The learner when she took notes was such as she cooked and tidied the house, efficient, organized surpassing even that in the subject of foreign language learning. Her notes, they had an incredible charm that made you want to review the material you were learning at any time of the day. I spoke to her recently she still has her cherished notebook with her no matter what house moves are made!

If you ask me for my personal advice for note taking, I would say find your style, what works best for you. For me what works in all cases is color coding, symbols, shapes, arrows and boxes to tie the information together to form the theoretical but artistic visual whole I need.

Image fromYerilee on Pixabay


References

BONNET, C. Quick and efficient note-taking method (+ abbreviation). URL: https://sherpas.com/blog/prise-de-note-rapide-et-efficace/

BOUCHET, K. Design of the Unipad collaborative note-taking device. International journal of pedagogy in higher education. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/ripes/1503; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/ripes.1503

This note-taking method would be very effective. Being a Student. URL: https://etreetudiant.com/methode-de-prise-de-note-efficace/

CHAPUIS, C. Note taking on paper is more stimulating for the brain. URL: https://www.gqmagazine.fr/pop-culture/article/la-prise-de-notes-sur-papier-est-plus-stimulante-pour-le-cerveau-que-celle-sur-l-ecran-d-un-smartphone-ou-d-un-ordinateur-et-elle-permet-d-avoir-une-bien-meilleure-memoire

Discover Sketchnote. URL: https://continuite-pedago.canoprof.fr/eleve/Fiches_Pratiques_ressources_outils_enseignants/Decouvrir_sketchnote/

DESWARTE, C. Reflection on the Preparation for Note Taking in French as a Second Language of Non-Native Speakers Studying in a Francophone University. URL: https://www.academia.edu/3435222/La_prise_de_notes_%C3%A0_la_fran%C3%A7aise_pour_des_noteurs_non_natifs

Note taking. URL: https://umcs-comment-tuvas.ca/la-prise-de-notes

LOSFELD, J-B.The best note taking apps on Android. URL: https://www.clubic.com/application-mobile/dossier-381917-back-to-school-les-meilleures-applications-de-prise-de-notes-sur-android.html

MEILLEUR, C. Neuroscience: Learning in 4 steps. URL: https://knowledgeone.ca/neuroscience-learning-in-4-steps/?lang=fr

Note-taking: 7 methods to be fast and efficient. URL: https://rosedienglab.defarsci.org/prise-de-notes-7-methodes-pour-etre-rapide-et-efficace/

VINCENT. 10 techniques for effective note taking. URL: https://motidotes.com/2019/02/techniques-dapprentissage/10-techniques-prise-de-notes-efficace/


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