Taking Notes


Top Tips

Many academics agree this notetaking method is one of the best. Learn more here or download the template and try yourself.

This is a tried and true method for taking notes. Start with big topics and add supporting points and details.

Mindmaps are an effective way to visualize the material that you are studying.

The T-Method is a slight variation on the Cornell Method. Put individual steps, examples or practice problems on the left side. Put your notes, comments and questions on the right.

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It’s easier for your mind to focus on taking notes when you take care of your mental and physical health. Here are a few tips for better health, better focus, and better grades:

  1. Take 10-minute activity breaks to reach 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Try taking a break between classes and walk to the coffee shop that’s furthest away. Scheduling physical activity into your day can help lower stress and increase mental alertness.
  2. Plan to get seven to nine hours of sleep tonight. Quality sleep can help you focus and be more efficient throughout your day.
  3. Reach out for help. If you feel you need assistance with your mental or physical health, talk to a counsellor or visit a doctor.

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