Student Academic Services at California Polytechnic State University posted a document on 5 methods of notetaking systems – they are Cornell Method, Outline Method, Mapping Method, Charting Method and Sentence Method. It describes the method – how you should use it, along with advantages, disadvantages and when you should use suggestions. My favorite of notetaking is using outline method – it is very organized and able to surface relationships and main points quickly:

… Method: Listening and then write in points in an organized pattern based on space indention. Place major points farthest to the left. Indent each more specific point to the right. Levels of importance will be indicated by distance away from the major point. Indention can be as simple as or as complex as labeling the indentations with Roman numerals or decimals. Markings are not necessary as space relationships will indicate the major/minor points…

Notetaking Systems – [Acacdemic Skills Center]

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