Types of Note Taking

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Note taking is one of those skills that everyone can benefit from. Whether you are a student studying for exams, or a doctor preparing notes for a client, we all take notes. In this article, I will be discussing and sharing with you three types of note taking and how they will benefit the information


Not used by a ton of people, due to the lack of knowledge, the Cornell Note Taking Method is one of the most effective note taking models. It’s easy-to-view format, makes understanding and absorbing the information, very easy.


Shown on the diagram above, the page is split into three sections. The left side of the margin is for you to write down things that you may not know yet. Questions that could be on the exam, or even questions to ask your professor are meant for the left side of the margin. To the right of that is where you can take quick notes, make bullet points and create pictures and diagrams to better help you understand the content. Finally, the bottom part of the page is where everything can be summarized. Once you have a grasp on the information you have made notes on, that is where you can go and summarize it all in the space at the bottom.


The next note taking method, is the Split Page. The name itself is pretty self-explanatory. Even though it does not sound like much of a note taking technique, it helps tons of people out, including myself. There is not much to it other than splitting the page in half, writing your main topics on the left hand side, and all the information regarding the topics, on the right hand side of the page.



Finally, the Mind Map method. This method is probably one that is not used as often as the Cornell Notes Method due to its sometimes chaotic look, but it is still used by students especially when studying. By using colour and small picture drawings, it can be a very useful tool for someone who is a visual learner. Starting the map with a main idea and branching off to other ideas and finally to sub-ideas. Ideally, image A is what a perfect mind map would look like, but obviously when creating notes and dependant on the amount of information included, they can get a little bit out of hand. Image B provides a better look at what a more complex mind map would look like. Even though when looking at the image, it looks confusing and difficult to grasp the main points, it is relatively simple to follow. The bright colours and variety of illustrations provide an easy access to view the information, whereas if all that information was there but without the bright colours and illustrations, it would pose as a difficult diagram to view.


*image A*

*image B*


These note taking methods are only a handful of the options available to create the best possible notes for you. Below I have attached a link to a video which talks about good ways to take notes. By using the three types of methods we have discussed and the ways to elaborate our notes from the video, succession is just around the corner for us.






Comprehension Strategies. (2017). Cornell notes

Focus. (2017). Effective Note Taking in Lectures and Class Using Mind Maps – Focus.

Le, D. (2017). The Most Effective Way to Take Notes in Class | Edudemic.

(2017, July 10). Effective Note Taking in Lectures and Class Using Mind Maps. Retrieved October 14, 2017, from https://www.mindmeister.com/blog/effective-note-taking/

ToolsHero. (2017). Cornell Note Taking method and system, a effectiveness tool | ToolsHero.

Vivaci Family Chiropractic, (2017). Mind Mapping – Taking Notes, Capturing Ideas, Exploring Concepts.

(2012, October 26). How to take Great Notes. Retrieved October 14, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAhRf3U501M

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