Developing your note taking skills will help you understand material more easily, and save time when you are looking for ideas to include in your work.
There are a number of different note taking techniques you can try, such as:
If you get into the habit of taking notes whenever you read, you can determine which techniques are the most effective for you.
Always record the bibliographic details of the texts you are working with, so you can avoid unintentionally plagiarising material.
The image above is an example of the Cornell method, which you can use to take notes when you are reading a text or listening to a lecture.
To use this method:
You can then use these notes to review your understanding of a text or lecture, or capture information as you do research.
You might like to try visual note taking or sketchnoting if you tend to remember things better visually or if you enjoy doodling while listening to lectures. It's a note-taking technique that combines drawing and note-taking to create notes that are more meaningful and visually appealing.
An example of visual note taking for the first chapter of Goldberger, P. (2009). Why architecture matters. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Sketchnoting is often used at conferences, but you can use it for lectures or even for books/articles you read.
Taking in new information and writing/drawing at the same time means you will:
Sketchnoting can help you understand what you are learning, and by giving the ideas or concepts visual forms they become easier to recall in the future.
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American Institute of Architects (2013). Document Management In The architect's handbook of professional practice. (pp. 850-851)