The prep: For the split-page method, you do exactly that—split your notebook pages into three sections. You’ll want to grab a ruler for this one so you can make super straight lines. You’re going to create a “notes” column on the right side of the page that’s 6.5 inches wide, a “cues” column on the left that’s 2.5 inches wide, and a 2-inch section at the bottom for a “summary.”
The details: The notes column is where you’ll include concise sentences, abbreviations, and lists. Use the cues column for important questions, main ideas, diagrams, charts, and points to help you remember concepts. And your summary section should include the main idea of your notes and quick reference comments.
- First, the split-page method offers the perfect opportunity to use the good ole 5 R’s of note taking:
Record: Legibly record your ideas in the note section.
Reduce: Summarize these ideas in the reduce (cues) column.
Recite: Recite your notes and ideas in your own words out loud so you can remember them.
Reflect: Reflect by organizing your notes into categories or summaries.
Review: Review your notes every week for ten minutes. Which brings me to my second point….
- This is a simple way to recall and study information you need to remember fast. I’m talking to you high school and college students. This is an awesome way to create a study guide for your tests!
- And lastly, by taking notes that are this organized, there’s no need for you to rewrite them. Plus, if you use SCRIBZEE ®, a FREE app offered by hamelin--that allows you to scan, save, organize, share and access your notes at any time, from any place, on the cloud--you won’t have to rewrite your notes ever again.
2. The Mind Mapping Method