Your optimal style may include the following:
There are a number of different ways to take notes, and several are listed below. There are four general ideas that could help you improve your note taking:
Remember, whatever method you choose, make sure it is one you are comfortable with.
The Cornell Method
The Cornell Method uses two columns: one containing the keyword or concept, and the other containing the description or notes associated with the keyword or concept. In the one column, list the main ideas or write a paragraph and in the other column the keyword or concept that relates to your section of notes. At the bottom of the page you should write paragraphs summarizing the information contained in the notes.
The Outlining Method
This method involves writing a series of topics and sub-topics, and identifying them by indenting the text, numbering the lines, or using a dash or bullet point.
Outlining Method example:
1. Main Topic
2. Second Main Topic
The Charting Method
Charting is effectively a table of rows and columns. The top row normally classifies the concept with descriptions or keywords listed in the row below.
|Special theory of relativity||Albert Einstein||1905||
'On the electrodynamics
of moving bodies'
|Law of universal gravitation||Isaac Newton||1687||Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica|
This method enables you to quickly identify facts and their relationships with other information.