Notemaking is a learned art.  The key to a polished finished product lies in the notemaking process.  The best notes are short, sweet and to the point.

As you develop your notemaking skills you will settle in on a style/format that works for you.  No two students will take notes in exactly the same fashion.

When you are engaged in notemaking you should mind that you are providing yourself with opportunities to incorporate materials into your finished paper in 3 ways: summarising, paraphrasing and direct quotations.

The support materials available in the TDSB Student Research Guide (referenced below) are excellent starting points.

See Ms. Wray for a file titled Notemaking Basics.  Adapted from the TDSB Student Research Guide materials it includes a practice task that students may engage in individually or in partner pairs.


Notemaking for Every Day

Students will also need to – want to – improve their general reading and notemaking skills in order to reduce the amount of time spent on such tasks, and increase their level of retention.

An excellent resource with lots of good ideas about how to approach and reading – or review – task is known as the SQ3R Reading Method.


On-Line Tools

Purdue On-Line Writing Lab (OWL): Avoiding Plagiarism
Purdue On-Line Writing Lab (OWL): Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarising

Etobicoke School of the Arts Library
From the ESA Library website…

  • TDSB Student Research Guide (Research Toolkit > Research Success @ Your Library)
    Refer particularly to Stage 3: Processing Information, Pages 35 – 45


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