4.2 Making notes in a notebook
Getting key ideas down in shorthand form is also useful when making notes in a notebook. You will practise this technique in the following activity.
Read the 'Improving health and wellbeing' text again and make some brief notes. Try to write as concisely as you can. For example, these are the notes I made after reading the first paragraph (Figure 9).
After you finish making your notes compare them with mine.
Figure 10 shows the notes I made on the text.
This strategy is effective because it forces you to select the most important information and, in particular, the information that will help you to write your essay or prepare for an exam.
The drawback with this strategy is that these notes just reproduce the key ideas in the order followed by the original text. To gain a deeper understanding of the text and to remember the key information it contains, you need to reorganise your notes in a way that is meaningful and memorable to you.