Taking notes is likely something you have done intuitively for many years. As you advance in your studies, however, you may need to try a note taking strategy that better supports the amount of information you are processing. This page outlines four methods for taking notes, as well as two computer-based programs. The method you apply is an individual choice; some people prefer visually mapping the text’s ideas, whereas others favor a more linear approach. Regardless of the method, it should be paired with active and critical reading.