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5 steps for focused note-taking (image text)

This image takes learners through five steps for focused note-taking. The steps and accompanying text are:

  1.  Taking notes:
    1. Create the notes. Select a note-taking format, set up the note page, record the Essential Question, and take notes based on an information source (lecture, book, website, article, book, etc), selecting, paraphrasing, and arranging information in a way that meets your note-taking objective.
  2. Processing notes:
    1. Think about the notes. Revise notes–by underlining, highlighting, circling, chunking, questioning, adding, deleting–to identify, select, sort, organise, and classify main ideas and details. Evaluate the relative importance of information and ideas in the notes.
  3. Connecting thinking:
    1. Think beyond the notes. Analyse the notes using inquiry to make connections and deepen content knowledge by asking questions and adding your own thinking to create greater understanding, identify gaps or points of confusion, and connect your new learning to what you already know.
  4. Summarising and reflecting on learning:
    1. Think about the notes as a whole. Pull together the most important aspects of your notes and your thinking about them to craft a summary that captures the meaning and importance of the content and reflects on how the learning helps you meet the note-taking objective.
  5. Applying learning
    1. Use the notes. Save and revisit your notes as a resource or learning tool to help you apply or demonstrate what you have learned.