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Choosing the Best Type of Note-Taking

Students perceive information differently, and that is why note-taking will not be one and the same for all. It is a result of the unique information processing, and in case of any doubts, may be checked by Unicheck. The main stages of the information perception are capturing information, singling out and writing it down. New information perception is connected with the way memory functions, and that comprises encoding of the information, its storage and reproduction. Here are the main types of note taking that will help you draft and remember information better.

Outlining Method

This method suits students who like to draft information with bullet points or lines. In this type of note-taking learners usually use Roman and Arabic numerals. They just provide information with short sentences, so that the entire content is written by the main ideas representation. That is wonderful just to revise the overall topic, but what it really lacks is details, and it does not show any relations between various ideas and facts.

Mapping Method

Mapping method is more suitable for those who prefer to visualize information. It is effective and you see all the information on the palm of your hand. This kind of note-taking helps structure everything at once, and reveals a critical, attentive listener who quickly processes new information and understands relations between various phenomena. The absolutely great advantage of such information drafting is every time you come back to notes, everything becomes clear the moment you open your notes.

Charting Method

Structuring information by a category creation, and making columns is what charting method about. So, all the phrases and ideas will refer to a certain category. This method helps identify common and different features of the phenomena, so charting method requires information analysis in order to acquire a proper idea of the topic, and labelling columns. However, this type may be not very useful when a teacher presents miscellaneous information.

Cornell Notes

Cornell System presupposes 3 elements. So, you just divide a paper into 3 parts: Notes, Cues and Summary. The section “Notes” is the biggest one, and is the place to write down the main information. It is used during information perception. The section “Cues” is placed to the left side, and you should fill it in after all the information is written, and a seminar or lecture is over. Here go the main ideas that have been highlighted, or questions arising. The Cues column is narrower than Notes side. “Summary” section is placed at the bottom and contains your final thoughts about information comprehension.  


Different types of note-taking is possible, and they depend on the learner’s information perception, a way of thinking, and sometimes a teacher’s manner of sharing knowledge. No doubt, you choose it by yourself, but some ideas outlined above may help you combine several types of note-taking, and take the advantage of them all, or even memorize information by concept map creation.

Unicheck (ex-Unplag) Team

Unicheck (ex-Unplag) Team

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