- These are the notes that most people are used to taking, even if it does not appeal to their learning styles (for more information on learning styles see the "What type of learner are you" materials).
- Linear notes tend to use lots of words and are often done in phrases or sometimes in sentences; some may have bullets and relevant symbols.
Linear notes - templates
- Try having a specific template which you follow for all of your notes. It should include:
- Module lecturer or text and date;
- Preparation (a brief statement on what you want to get out of this lecture/text?);
- Main theme of lecture or text;
- Overview of lecture (the lecturer might provide this) or overview of text (a rough outline of the contents you are using).
- Main points made in the lecture or text and any examples or evidence given.
- Questions raised by lecture or text.
- References to sources.
- Example template (Word format) (rtf format).
Linear notes - Cornell note-taking system
You could try the Cornell note-taking system. This template sections your page into four. Each section is used for something different:
- The module lecturer, lecture or text and date;
- The bulk of your notes;
- For going through your notes after reading or the lecture to record key points or questions that have arisen. They are referred to as "cues".
- For summarising the page of notes. This helps you flick through and find relevant pages at a later date.
Example Cornell template (Word format) (rtf format)
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