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Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021
Note-making is right at the heart of academic study.

As a student, you will make notes when you:

  • attend lectures or seminars
  • read to support your writing of essays, reports, dissertations, and theses

Note-making is fundamental to these activities.

There are many situations, however, in which note-making can be a real challenge, for example if:

  • the content of the lecture is predominantly factual and you want to try to record all of the facts but the lecturer is going through it really quickly
  • you make notes from masses of background reading, but are then stuck with how to use it all
  • you make lots of notes for a piece of writing, but then worry about how to avoid accidentally plagiarising, as you can’t remember which ideas were your own and which were from existing sources
  • you find reading academic papers and books quite slow, and feel that you miss out on the overall sense of an article because you spend too much time writing detailed notes as you read through it


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