1.5 How to take notes
So what should you do when taking notes? Again you will develop your own technique, but the method I use is as follows. I read the material through once very quickly, from start to finish. I then sift through the material, writing the words or phrases I think are important. I usually do this on a word processor but you can just as easily use pen and paper. Avoid simply copying and pasting large chunks of material. It is the process of actively reading the material and putting it in your own words that makes note taking useful. Merely copying and pasting defeats the object, although you may decide to paste in short quotations.