January 11, 2014

Update to Action Point 2 of Reading and note–making

Follow-up to First entry on Reading and note–making from David's blog

My second action was to review my notes after having written them and also to review them on a regular basis.

Over the last few weeks I have tried to review my notes just after writing them in order to freshen my ideas. Although I struggled to take as many notes as I wanted to over the holidays, I always reviewed my notes before putting them away in my folder. I found it very useful reviewing my notes immediately after writing as it allowed me to think over what I had just written and what I found important about my reading.

Likewise, reviewing notes allowed me to process information for a second or third time in turn making it a lot easier to recall later what I had learned. Reviewing my notes also helped me point out mistakes in my note-making such as spelling or bad structuring of sentences - errosI would have otherwise looked over the first time.

If I could change anything I would have also reviewed my notes more regulary in the evenings in order to process information an additional time. The instances where I overlooked my notes during the evening, helped me to remember my notes a lot more than on the occasions where I did not. Unfortunately, during the Christmas holidays there were far too many occasions where I was out or unable to look over my notes during the evening and thus my retention for information suffered slightly.

That said, now that I know that reviewing notes does indeed help me to remember important facts, I will plan to review my notes even more regularly. I plan to review my notes not only after every note taking session but also during the evenings.

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  1. Amanda Randall

    Hi David,

    Thanks for this update on your second action point. It’s good to read that you had positive results from reviewing your notes and that there was a noticeable difference when you could not do this. How has it been going since term begun? Have you confined reviewing to notes made from reading, or are you applying this to lecture notes as well?

    Best wishes,

    24 Jan 2014, 14:17

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