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Note Taking

Note Taking Strategies

Note taking strategies learned in previous settings do not always prove effective when one is faced with the varying types of information encountered in college. Try some of these suggested strategies and aids to lighten the burden.

The Real Secret to Note Taking!

Critical Thinking

The methods and mechanics of good note taking is only part of the learning process. As you encounter new information, run it through the entire critical thinking process. One of the best frameworks for understanding the critical thinking process was created by social scientist Benjamin Bloom, which is referred to as Bloom's Taxonomy. He separated critical thinking into six successive levels: (1) remembering, (2) understanding, (3) applying, (4) analyzing, (5) evaluating, and (6) creating. 

Find out more about Bloom's Taxonomy on this wonderful guide presented by the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University.

Other Helpful Skills

Polish some of the research skills that will be necessary for research, writing, and presentation across multiple academic disciplines.