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Note taking University of Greenwich

NOTE1 template for students

Note taking at university can be a very important skill for the majority of students. Unlike in the United States, where the Cornell note taking system is taught to students, note taking in the UK has not followed suit. The NOTE template for students was devised as a result of fifteen years providing note taking support to D/deaf and disabled students, five years working in widening participation and six years of postgraduate study. The template is also part of the S4IL (skills for independent learning) study skills project which has been devised for students within the Access and Widening Participation team at the University of Greenwich.

The NOTE template can be used for taking notes in lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc., as well as notes taken from books, audio and/or video. Conventional A4 lined paper, or a digital/electronic device such as a laptop, netbook, tablet, etc. can be used, depending on the student's preferred method of note taking. Notes should be in summary form and long sentences avoided. Students should only write on one side of the page if using paper and pen –as this makes revising and reviewing easier. Use conventional abbreviations, notations and symbols wherever possible.

Unlike the Cornell method which is popular in the U.S., this system is linear which the majority of students are most familiar with. Whilst this system has been developed for students in higher education, it is appropriate for students at all levels of education who need to take notes for their classes.

The blank (white) spaces in the text are for students to add to after the session. This can be very important as research has shown that students who do not receive any note-taking training only capture about 40% of the information given in lectures etc. This should enhance recall and gives the student the opportunity to integrate their own notes with the information given during the teaching session, or from an academic journal paper. A summary sheet at the end of each set of notes is also useful and recommended as part of using the NOTE template.

Note-taking template image

(Click on the above image to download the Note taking template or click this link.)

Melanie Thorley

*AccessAbility Project Co-ordinator

Directorate of Communications and Recruitment

M.Thorley@gre.ac.uk

07931 226599

1NOTE – Notetaking Optimising Thorley Effectiveness (students).

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