Taking good notes is an important skill to have in college. The purpose of notes is to help you learn the materials, help you determine important points to remember for the exams, and most importantly to provide you with something extra and reliable to study from.
Keeping these three purposes of note taking in mind, there are 3 key features that makes some notes better than others.
1. Meaningful Structure/Layout
This is the visual aspect of the notes that help you determine the importance of each point. You can give your notes a meaningful structure by the use of a hierarchy scheme. It looks something like this:
This is my notes from Forensic Psychology Class a year ago, and I try to give it the hierarchy structure by numbering, lettering, bulleting, underlining, bolding, or italicizing to give emphasis to different points. The structure looks like a backward pyramid with the most important points on the outside and at the top with the details on the inside and at the bottom.
The Golden Gauntlet, Henri III of France’s armour (details), c.1550
Coat by Paul Poiret (1879–1944), French, ca. 1919. Silk, wool, fur, & leather.
In the 1910s, Poiret introduced an avant-garde sensibility into couture. In the case of this day coat, the leather of the appliqués is cut into delicate filigree and couched by hand onto the wool to create a graphic lattice of white over black.
Photo by Amy Snyder ©Exploratorium www.exploratorium.edu
To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.
Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest
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