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===== And by notes I mean ...=====

By notes I do not mean just copy and pasting - except for quotes that you might collect on a page in order to analyze, interpret closely, comment on, or paraphrase.

Some suggest that you type notes rather than copy and paste, but that's old school. Rather than spending time typing in what can be copies, spend that time carefully selecting what to quote, and even more time analzing and interpreting the text closely.

At one level, any note-taking is better than none because taking note shapes a more engaged level of attention to the reading and doing.

But notes that work let you focus attention actively. The idea is to **use note-taking as a way of returning and re-considering material you encounter**. That encounter might be to //analyze//, //parse//,// figure out//, //place in a larger schema of things //... The purposes change as you work with the material; they change by virtue of taking notes. The idea in taking notes is to move back and forth mentally **and materially** between the stuff you're working with and notes on the stuff.

A few practices to start with

- Draft a summary of the main idea of the reading.
- Draft a more closely considered analysis of the reading or a section of the reading.
- Just outline the chapter. This often gives you a sense of the whole - and it highlights the main concepts of the chapter.
- Quote an interesting or puzzling or problematic passage, then work out why it is problematic
- **Add examples to illustrate concepts.** Specific examples rather than generic ones. Then explain what the example exemplifies.
- Locate and consider definitions of key terms.
- Make a list of just about anything the reading mentions: terms, examples, statements, questions, links ...

And as things progress and you collect more notes

- Revisit your first set of notes. Add to them. Refine them. That's why you're writing on a wiki.
- Create new headings for the notes - and re-organize them under those heads.
- **Add examples that challenge concepts in the reading.**
- Revise and refine your notes. Repeatedly.
- Move particular notes to new pages and develop them further with your own ideas and those of others. Link the pages.
- ...


[[http://luckysoap.com/notesverynecessary/ | notes very necesary]], Barbara Bridger and J. R. Carpenter, 2015.

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