We’ve addressed some note-taking strategies tangentially through our Reading Retention materials, but it might service you well to familiarize yourself with information collection tools as well.
As an introduction to good note taking, we highly advice you watch WellCast’s video. It’s short, to the point, and easily digestible. If you’re looking for a bit more information on visual note taking, a more right-brained approach to the skill, you might find iMindMap’s video useful as well.
Below there are additional resources on Evernote (computer application/program) and the Cornell Note Taking System (approach to note taking).
If you’re looking to apply any of these strategies to online resources, we highly recommend Evernote and its companion app, Evernote Web Clipper. With these tools, you can create a searchable data base of online resources that you’ve found useful in your studies. Watch our video below for more details.
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Finally, for those of you more interested in a more formal approach to note taking, you might want to give the Cornell Note-Taking System a shot. As a lecture-focused form of note taking, this might be particularly useful to employ at a Walden residency. Literacy Counts provides this blank worksheet to get you started, and Michael Grether, at Sofia Tree Productions, created this video to introduce you to the system.