Life Essay

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Note-Taking Skills An Introduction The Learning Centre • http://www.lc.unsw.edu.au Effective note-taking from lectures and readings is an essential skill for university study. Good notetaking allows a permanent record of relevant points that you can integrate with your own writing, and that can be used for exam revision. Taking reliable, accurate notes also reduces the risk of plagiarism. It helps you distinguish where your ideas came from and how you think about those ideas. Effective note-taking requires: • recognising the main ideas • identifying the information relevant to your task • having a system of note-taking that works for you • reducing the information to note and diagram format • where possible, putting the information in your own words • recording the source of the information A Few Tips About Format Set out your notebooks so that you have a similar format every time you take notes. • Columns that distinguish the source information and your thoughts can be helpful. • Headings that include bibliographic reference details of the sources of information are also important. • The use of colour to highlight major sections, main points and diagrams makes notes easy to access. Reading Note-taking Strategies 1. Be Selective and Systematic As you take notes from a written source, keep in mind that not all of the text will be relevant to your needs. Think about your purpose: • Are you reading for a general understanding of a topic or concept? • Are you reading for some specific information that may relate to the topic of an assignment? Before you start to take notes, skim the text. Then highlight or mark the main points and any relevant information you may need to take notes from. Finally—keeping in mind your purpose for reading—read the relevant sections of the text carefully and take separate notes as you read. 2. Identify the

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