Note-Taking: The Skill We Take For Granted

A simple skill, but not as easy as we may think.

Agustin Tormun
New Writers Welcome

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We tend to think that people are born with some skills, others developed, and the ones that can never be acquired. I believe any skill can be developed with some effort and perseverance.

Note-taking is in no way different. It’s a skill that must be put into practice to have an advanced mastery of it. However, many people take for granted that they know how to do it.

Why we take notes

We can say that taking notes helps us to remember something we have read, but going deeper, taking notes serves us to analyze information, to realize what we believe and why thus forming our criteria.

We think we have mastered the skill because we have done it all our lives.
When we are studying, note-taking is our daily bread. We take notes on readings we are assigned, the professor’s dictations or the videos we watch, and the assignments we complete.

That’s why it’s so easy for us to say that we know how to do it, that it’s simple and unscientific. We could not be more wrong.

Note-taking is not verbatim copying.

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Agustin Tormun
New Writers Welcome

My thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. I'm a perpetual student, hungrily absorbing everything from history's whispers to the latest technological sorcery.