Students and professionals need to take notes during a lecture or a seminar. Taking down notes is essential to their learning process, and one may use either Linear or non-linear notes whichever feels appropriate for the occasion. Notes are short written facts that help in remembering things. Notes are usually written to record either a speech or a dictation while one is listening to it. They are helpful when you need to refer back and rephrase them as desired.
The Necessity for Note-Making
Since knowledge is vast, but our memory is limited, we can't remember all the information that we gather. By making notes, we can recall information even after months. Note making and summary are very useful for students to prepare for their exams in many subjects. Rather than going through voluminous books, students can refer to their notes to quickly revise the main points of a chapter or book. Note making has mainly 3 useful functions and they are as follows.
By Note-making and summary writing in English, we can have a lot of information at our disposal.
We can reconstruct what was said or written by referring to the material we create with our note making or a summary.
Our Note-making and summarizing process comes handy in many ways like taking part in a debate, delivering a speech, writing an essay, and revising lessons before an exam.
Difference Between Note-Making and Note-Taking
Note-taking and Note-making are two different processes used for study purposes.
Note-taking refers to jotting down notes while hearing some speech (lectures, audio, videos, tapes, dictation, etc.); You write them down as the speaker speaks and the note-taker does not have much control in this process. This is because your note-taking is dependent on your ability to decipher, interpret, and write down what is being spoken. This process is done at the speaker’s pace and not that of the note-takers’.
Note-making is the process of reorganizing your thoughts and ideas and putting them in words. It usually refers to making notes from another source like a textbook or a website. This process allows more control to the note-maker as it can be done at their own pace.
What is Linear Note Making
Linear note making is the simplest and the most common form of note-making. The notes appear in a structured manner, one line after another. Notes are written as heading, subheading, and various points. The other parts of a linear note-making are abbreviations, notations, indentations, and keywords.
The Parts of Linear Note-Making
Heading - Read the passage carefully to get a bird’s eye view of it and provide a heading.
Subheading - Provide the important points of the passage as different subheadings. Subheadings reflect how the text is developed.
Abbreviations - We use abbreviations for using fewer words and maintaining precision. It is mandatory to use at least 4 easily recognizable abbreviations. Abbreviations can be acronyms (capital initial letters), contractions (the first few letters of the word), or short forms (the first and last few letters of a word). For example, PM for the Prime Minister, GPO for the general post office, Capt. for a captain, Dr for the doctor, etc.
Numbers and Indentation - Indentation is the space that one leaves at the beginning of a line. The format must have an indentation. From heading to subheading to the points, the numbering should be spaced to the right. You can see how it looks in the below image.
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