Organizing Information

Taking notes, tracking the sources of notes and keeping this information well-organized between school and home can pose many challenges.

There are many different note-taking strategies and print anad digital tools that work with different learning styles and learning needs.  The strategies, systems and tools you choose will vary depending upon the context and scope of your research.

While there are a lot of reasons why you or your teacher might choose one system over others the suggestions listed below are tried-and-tested starting points.

Regardless of how you record information as you research, the “R5” Process can help you decrease the chance of plagiarism and increase your comprehension of what you’re reading

Note Making SystemPurpose Templates & Tools
Cornell Notes Method- for taking notes from a lecture, interview, audio or video recording Note Making Template
Mindmapping Method- for brainstorming notes to activate prior knowledge or build knowledge with a group
Outlining Method- for organizing written text in a structured, logical way from a chapter or article. Best for Humanities and Social Sciences courses.