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The Library: Taking Notes

Taking Notes

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Effective note-taking, whether you're listening to a lecture or reading a text, is about improving your understanding of a subject and helping you recall information later. This page has some useful resources to help you with your note-taking, whether you like to use a pen and notebook, or you prefer to make your notes digitally.

Featured Resources

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How to Mind Map: the Ultimate Thinking Tool That Will Change Your Life

Mind Mapping is a system of planning and note-taking that has changed the lives of people across the world. This guide explains how Mind Maps can make it easy to: - plan a presentation or report - think up brilliant ideas - persuade people and negotiate - remember things - plan personal goals - gain control of your life.

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Reading and Making Notes

A little book that takes students clearly through the important differences between the 'why' and 'how' of reading at university, this book shows how to use reading lists, journals and books effectively and how to put together coherent, useful notes.

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Reading and Taking Notes

Knowing how to read effectively and when to take appropriate notes can help you make swift progress during your course. This booklet contains advice and tips to help you improve your assignments.


Useful Websites

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