May 19, 2012

A1: Note–Making and Reading but Rather More of the Latter

Follow-up to A1: Reading and Reading and More of the Same from Midgley, Christopher - Pointless twaddle and meaningless diatribes

Dr Laura Davies; 3rd May.

Recording publishing date may be interesting if just so I can see how old all the books I’m reading are. Decided to go for original date in terms of republishing if the edition hasn’t been updated.

Penwise: Looking at this, it’s just not my preference. I like to have a solid goal in mind: “record all theorems, definitions in a list” for instance. Without anything proper it’s far too easy to just have a set of disorganized (or generally notes that don’t add anything to the course notes) notes heading linearly through the course. I can do well without writing down anything extra, so when I do I want to have a plan, for an unattractive set of notes simply won’t be looked at again :)

Skimming: for material I’m relatively familiar with (in general), it seems to go okay - but for unfamiliar material I’m unable to effectively link and recall the headings unless I slow down and focus on recitation. I could note the headings as I move past them, but that would seem to rather defeat the point :)


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  1. Yes, I agree that original publication date makes sense. Occasionally I guess books are republished in a new and updated edition but this could be added if and when necessary. Fair enough regarding your second and third points. The goal is to ensure you’re working in the way that best works for you and you’re in a good position to judge this I think, as you’re already able to reflect critically on your own practice. Do you have revision at the moment? Has this influenced how you are working?

    24 May 2012, 12:22


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