There are all sorts of ways of taking notes!

You can use a graphic organizer or make a memory map.

But whatever method you use, consider these tips:

1. Use some sort of easily understood organizational system.
2. Include accurate supporting details.
3. Use as few words as possible.
4. Only use words you understand.
5. Use correct English.
6. Add colour-coding and illustrations.
7. Make good use of space.
8. Be neat.
9. Show evidence of great effort.
10. Show evidence of deep thinking.
11. Include your bibliographic sources of information. (If the notes are from a class lesson, give the teacher’s name, the class and the date; e.g. Ms Rosen, S.S. lesson, March 28.)
12. Include your given and surname, division number and the date.

Tips for beginners:

1. Start with a dash.
2. Leave a space after the dash.
3. Do not start with a capital letter.
4. Use as few words as possible.
5. Rephrase and use your own words if possible; use quotation marks if you copy exactly.
6. Do not use a period at the end.
7. Use abbreviations.
8. Leave out verbs if possible.

Tips for polished notes:

1. Choose the key words and concepts in your rough notes.
2. Choose a graphic organizer.
3. Decide how to divide your notes into sections that match your organizer.
4. Code your notes into sections.
5. Get some plain white paper and sketch out the organizer shape.
6. Write your notes in the various sections. Use ink.
7. Add coloured illustrative bits to make organized notes.
8. Add the source of information, your name and division number.

(courtesy of Morgan)

(courtesy of Ina)

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(courtesy of Jake)

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