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English: skills for learning
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4 Making notes

Once you have identified the key ideas in a piece of text you are in a position to make some brief notes or jottings to prepare for an essay or to remember what you have learned from the article. Indeed, you may find that highlighting on its own may not help you to remember the ideas that you identified. Rather than returning to the highlighted text every time you want to revisit these ideas, only to find that what you have marked does not make sense to you any more, it is useful to develop a form of note taking.

The next activities give you an opportunity to practise note taking by:

  • adding short notes into the margins of the highlighted text
  • making notes in a notebook.