Note Taking Skills Worksheets:
Why Take Notes?
- This week in class, practice the second type of note
taking. Remember, the goal is not to write down every word the
teacher says, but to capture the main points and connect them to
related concepts where you can. Listen carefully to what your
teacher is saying, then write down what you have learned in your
Skills & Steps -
This helps students evaluate their own approach to learning and see if they are missing something.
Mapping Method -
A concept map is a way to organize information that makes sense visually. The
main advantage of a concept map is that it shows relationships between things.
This can be especially helpful when a single concept or piece of information is
related to more than one other thing.
Clustering is a way to organize information. Clustering means sorting
information by putting like things together and identifying different
subtopics that fall under a single topic. You can then connect the
clusters for related concepts, similar to how you would with a mind
map or a concept map.
The Cornell Method
- In the Cornell Method of taking notes, the page is divided into three or for
sections, and each section has a specific purpose.
- Use the graphic organizer below to take notes while you
read the passage.
3, 2, 1
- A nice way to review everything that is brought your way.
The Big 5 -
We help you arrange the five keys to any project.
- Use the boxes below to group your notes into
categories that you determine.
- A nice organizer to put everything together for yourself.
- This is streamlined template you can use to process your notes and give your own thoughts on it.
Use with Text
- Use the graphic organizer to take notes on
the key topics in the assigned text.
What I Know
- What do you fully understand about this topic already?
- Understand the guts of any topic with this.
Things I Lost
- This is a great way to sum up everything you were exposed to.
- This helps you come up with specific question that may be helpful to ponder when learning this.
- What are the important words to remember along the way.
- With the charting method, you organize information in
columns, for example, in a table. Label each column with a category name so
that you can easily compare the same kind of information between rows.
The Boxing Method
- Grouping your notes in this way makes it easier and quicker
when it's time to review, because it is easier to find things that are related to each
The Outline Method
- In the outline method, you identify main ideas
and write them down along the left-hand margin of the page. Then you list
subtopics underneath of them and sub-subtopics and details underneath of
that, indenting at each level. The outline method works best for classes in which
you know material will be presented in a clearly structured way.
- This helps you find connections between major concepts in a work.
- The covers all the main points of interest for you.
- Use the checklist below to assess your note taking skills.
Keep It Short and Simple (KISS)
- The Keep It Short and Simple note-taking technique, or KISS, focuses on keeping
notes brief, capturing only what matters in a way that you are likely to
remember when you review your notes.
- When you have an opportunity, summarize your notes on the left-hand side.