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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM

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Thinking about notetaking

On some occasions, you’ll find it useful to reflect on your learning on the course. If you haven’t studied for some time, or if you struggle to take notes effectively, we recommend that you work through the OU’s block of study on notetaking: Skills for OU study: note-taking techniques [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

While, of course, you are free to take notes in any format you wish, including paper-based notes, some of you may find it useful to use an online note-taking tool. Such tools can allow notes to be organised into categories and also to be searched. This can be very useful when you’ve forgotten where you saw something!

There are many online tools you might use for notetaking:

  • OneNote application in the Microsoft Office365 suite of tools
  • Google suite of tools, including Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Keep
  • the free tool Evernote offers useful functions, including attaching files, adding images, tagging entries and sharing with others via a link.

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