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One of the most fundamental skills to learn and master in school is taking notes. Note taking involves making a permanent written record of main points and supporting details to which one may refer later. Although note taking most commonly is used to record oral presentations, note taking strategies may also be used to record notes from written sources. Notes are not just collections of information. The information must be recorded correctly and in an organized manner in order to be of use at a later time. Note taking strategies, then, are designed to improve one's ability to take more accurate, more complete, and more organized notes.

Summarizing is how we take larger selections of text and reduce them to bare essentials: the gist, the key ideas, the main points that are worth noting and remembering. Webster's calls a summary the "general idea in brief form"; it's the distillation, condensation, or reduction of a larger work into its primary notions. When we summarize we strip away the extra verbiage and extraneous examples. We focus on the heart of the matter. We try to find the key words and phrases that, when spoken later, still manage to capture the essence of what we've read.


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CONCEPT CARDS
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MIND MAPPING
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OUTLINING
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Developing an Outline/Purdue OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/03/

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