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Note-taking (or note taking) is recording information taken from another source. By taking notes, the writer records the information, so they don't have to recall everything.[1] It is an important skill for students.

Notes are usually taken from a transient (temporary) source, such as an oral discussion at a meeting, or a lecture or even a passing thought. in these cases the notes may be the only record of the event. Notes of a meeting are usually called minutes.

Note taking is a form of self discipline.

There are many ways to take notes. Charting notes are used on topics with many different categories. Cornell notes are dvided into 3 sections: the keyword (important)/question section, the note section, and the summary on the bottom. Guided notes have the note taker fill-in-the-blanks.


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  1. British Journal of Educational Technology (2008) doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2008.00906.x Optimising the use of note-taking as an external cognitive aid for increasing learning Tamas Makany, Jonathan Kemp and Itiel E. Dror [1]