Notes

Notes

This weekend, I had a workshop for dog trainers. I always mix training and lectures, and quite a few of my students were taking notes. I knew from the beginning that I would share my powerpoints but kept silent. Why? Because the more senses you engage – the better you learn. And I find that if a student knows that they will get my own notes to read, they are less likely to write notes themselves.  I want people to learn, I want them to take notes. 

This is a fact that applies to almost everyone – with a few exceptions. If you not only listen but also reflect and write, you will learn more and remember better. It also stops your mind from wandering. But it’s an acquired skill! You need to train yourself to be able to listen and write at the same time. And no, it’s not the same to take a photo of the screen with your phone. If you want to use your phone or computer, you still have to type for it to work. You still have to make a conscious choice what to write, what is important.

Most of the time when I take notes, I know I’ll never look at them again and they are unreadable. I still do it, as it helps me remember and process what I hear. But sometimes I actually want to be able to easily see what I wrote down, and that’s when I use colors, headlines, bullet points, and really try to make it easy to follow what I mean. I prefer short sentences that are incomplete but get the core of the message.

This is the school assignment I’m currently working on. The notes are from different articles, to collect the important stuff in one place. The assignment called for some reflection, so I drew a picture to help me think. Works every time!

And these are my notes from a lecture about Instagram. 

Two different ways to take notes and both of them work for me. 

What do your notes look like?

One Reply to “Notes”

  1. Jag brukar försöka skriva även om jag vet att jag får papper efter klass/föreläsning etc, just för att jag har lärt mig att jag lär in bäst om jag får skriva själv och ta in. Jag kommer antagligen inte läsa det igen, men det gör inte så mycket. Det finns nerskrivet så jag kan återkomma till det, och det fastnade lättare i hjärnan. 🙂

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