• Notes are very individual – there is no single method that fits everyone. Making and taking notes are essential skills in studying, and often overlooked as they are rarely assessed. This is the time when you are processing and reacting to new material – it's a large part of how you learn. So it's worth trying out different methods to find the combination that suits you best.

    • Note making

      (Napier University, UK) Note making is one of a number of study skills covered on this website - see the menu on the right of the page to find note-making.
    • Different note-making styles

      (Sussex University, UK) shows three different styles of real-looking handwritten notes, all based on the same article: tabs show Standard format / Pattern notes / Split page format.
    • Cornell notes

      (JMU, US) A clear step-by-step guide on how to use the 'Cornell' (or split page) method of note taking - to help you take organised notes.
    • The guide to reading and noting

      (Sussex University, UK) includes tips for before, during and after your reading.
    • Index cards

      (Open University, UK) A neat way of making yourself focus on key points, especially useful for revision. Make sure you include full reference details (not shown here).
    • Inspiration

      is useful for note making - it's on all pooled computers in Brookes.
    • Video presentations (University of Leicester, UK) on Note-making from text and note-taking from speech (lectures/seminars) clear graphics and commentary on what's involved (each about 10 minutes).