This image takes learners through five steps for focused note-taking. The steps and accompanying text are:
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.
Think about thenotes. 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.
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.
Summarising and reflecting on learning:
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.
Use the notes. Save and revisit your notes as a resource or learning tool to help you apply or demonstrate what you have learned.
The image shows a piece of paper divided into three sections. One is a narrow “cue column” section on the left hand side of the paper. This section details examples of possible questions, drawings, timelines or other additional work that can add understanding to a topic. The majority of the paper is used by a core “notes” section. This section is filled with an example of a mind-map. The final section is a narrow row across the bottom. The section is filled with a summary of the information in the column and in the main notes section.