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May 03, 2011

Note–Taking: A Cross–Curricular Skill

Follow-up to Operationalising Note–Taking techniques from Sam's blog

                                                        Note-Taking: A Cross-Curricular Skill

The optimum use of note-taking in my study made me revamp a new academic skill that is essential to University study. In addition, this skill is a cross-curricular one that can be used in almost all subjects and it leads to broadening the horizons and increasing one's capacity. As a result of using it,

1- I had well-organised essays that helped me to keep a clear line of argument because of my assorted notes.

2- Instead of 'copy-paste' the notes, I started to rephrase the notes taken using my own language and I did my notes under particular titles.

3- Another positive result of note-taking enabled me to work effeciently as my reading speed increased immensly and led to accomplishing more and getting a feeling of achievement by the end of the day.

4- Although I was able to read more, I encountered a serious problem. I had an Academic Indigestion because the reading amount was enormous when I wanted to start writing. In other words, I felt that I over-read for my assignments which is something completely new for me. Therefore, I made an essay outline and followed only the needed notes to finish my assignment.

5- Editing has never been easier and more exciting because I can now enjoy reading my organised essay and proo-read it easily. 

To wrap up, I bore the fruits of my efforts in note-taking to the extent that my tutors gave me brilliant feedback on my assignment and I got distinction in two of them. Their main positive comment was haveing a clear and well-organised line of argument. That was completely due to my polished ability and newly-acquired skills in note-taking.

I would strongly recommend that all students take this extremely-useful course that will stand them in good stead.


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