Skip Nav

E. Taking Notes

Get smart. Sign up for our email newsletter.

❶They were writing, doodling, drawing arrows, labeling, captioning … doing all that stuff that we want them to do when showing understanding.

Don't want to cite by hand?

What the Research Says About Note-Taking
From Genius to Madness
2. Don’t write down too much

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Proprietary , Freemium for personal use, per-seat licensing for business. Open source GPL v3. Proprietary , Freemium [Notes 1]. Proprietary , Commercial , Freemium. Wiki , Tree and Categories. Open, XML, [2] import from web pages and other applications [ clarification needed ].

Yes, using installed web browser. Stored in modified DokuWiki Markdown; export: Alarms, check-boxes, bullets, phones, advanced links, autosaving; last cursor position memory,passwords on tree folders,failure-resistant self-healing DB engine.

Scripting of pages with Python and other scripting languages. Advanced linking, [ clarification needed ] bullets, tags, checkboxes, full spreadsheet, embedding of programming code, formulas, markup. Major mode of Emacs ; uses plain-text; includes ToDos, spreadsheet, deadlines, encryption, reminders, agenda, calendar. Business and personal notes integrated in same client; businesses have control over business notes, but cannot see personal notes. Part of IPython shell; allows for programming code, output and annotation to be combined in single interactive environment.

OLE objects; "virtual nodes" which integrate and edit the content of external plain-text or rich-text files; internal links; mirror nodes. And that extra processing of the material that they were doing benefited them.

Mueller and Oppenheimer cited that note-taking can be categorized two ways: Generative note-taking pertains to "summarizing, paraphrasing, concept mapping," while nongenerative note-taking involves copying something verbatim. And there are two hypotheses to why note-taking is beneficial in the first place. The first idea is called the encoding hypothesis, which says that when a person is taking notes, "the processing that occurs" will improve "learning and retention.

Because people can type faster than they write, using a laptop will make people more likely to try to transcribe everything they're hearing. So on the one hand, Mueller and Oppenheimer were faced with the question of whether the benefits of being able to look at your more complete, transcribed notes on a laptop outweigh the drawbacks of not processing that information.

On the other hand, when writing longhand, you process the information better but have less to look back at. For their first study, they took university students the standard guinea pig of psychology and showed them TED talks about various topics.

Afterward, they found that the students who used laptops typed significantly more words than those who took notes by hand. When testing how well the students remembered information, the researchers found a key point of divergence in the type of question.

For questions that asked students to simply remember facts, like dates, both groups did equally well. But for "conceptual-application" questions, such as, "How do Japan and Sweden differ in their approaches to equality within their societies? The same thing happened in the second study, even when they specifically told students using laptops to try to avoid writing things down verbatim.

The more words the students copied verbatim, the worse they performed on recall tests. And to test the external-storage hypothesis, for the third study they gave students the opportunity to review their notes in between the lecture and test.

The thinking is, if students have time to study their notes from their laptops, the fact that they typed more extensive notes than their longhand-writing peers could possibly help them perform better.

First, Let’s Talk About Lectures

Main Topics

Privacy Policy

Note Taking and Learning: A Summary of Research Françoise Boch, Stendhal University, and Annie Piolat, University of Provence Introduction The activity of note taking can be considered part of Writing Across.

Privacy FAQs

SUMMARY: Taking notes is a key part of the research process because it helps you learn, and allows you to see your information in a useful visual way. LINKS: Empire State College – Taking Notes University of Toronto – Taking Notes from Research Writing Capital Community College – Taking Notes [ ].

About Our Ads

Taking Purposeful Research Notes When students are asked to complete a research project, there are 5 steps that a teacher needs to structure for his/her. 1" " " " " " " " " Notes on Note-Taking: Review of Research and Insights for Students and Instructors" " " Michael C. Friedman" Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching".

Cookie Info

If you take notes efficiently, you can read with more understanding and also save time and frustration when you come to write your paper. These are three main principles. Note-taking is an important part of the research process. Notes taken on class lectures or discussions may serve as study aids, while notes taken during an interview may provide material for an essay, article, or book.