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English: skills for learning
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5 Reorganising notes

To remember the content of your notes, it is useful to process and reorganise the ideas they contain. This is particularly useful for those notes that you will be drawing upon for planning and writing assignments. They can be reworked and key concepts and ideas can be applied to different types of question and issue.

Ways of processing and regrouping ideas include:

  • organising information into subtopics
  • using a mind map
  • using a table.

Each person finds the ways that are most useful for them and that best fit each text they read. You may need to experiment with different methods to find the ones that suit you. The activities contained in the next three sections provide opportunities to do this. If you have time attempt all three; otherwise try the method you are least familiar with and simply look at my answers to the other two activities.