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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  1. Han-na Cha

    Fantastic Sam. I’m so pleased to read that your revamped reading and notemaking has contributed to 2 distinctions in your assignments.

    Do you know that by doing action point 2, you are moving the knowledge from surface knowledge to deeper knowledge? I hope that you found it helpful in understanding the information that you were reading too. I had never come across the phrase Academic Indigestion before! But I think that the skills that you learned will hold you in good stead for your dissertation and also in your working life.

    You’ve completed the follow up work for the A1 workshop and can count this towards your Warwick skills Portfolio Award.

    12 May 2011, 14:16

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