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Taking effective notes - Academic Study Skills

Updated Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Strategies for taking and making notes to support your studies.

The ability to make notes effectively is an important academic skill.

Using an appropriate note making strategy will not only help you during lectures but also when you're reading or researching for assignments and revising for exams.

This tutorial will help you to:

  • develop an awareness of the importance of keeping good notes
  • advance your note making skills using linear and non-linear methods
  • improve your knowledge of note making strategies for study
  • explore the software and apps available for making notes

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Cardiff University offer a wide range of online tutorials and other study-skills support aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. These include tips on how to study more effectively, time management, what is meant by critical thinking, as well as specific guidance on writing to a university standard.


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