Note-Taking Systems

As an Empire State College student, you will spend much of your study time reading and responding to textbooks, journal articles and other types of academic materials. Fortunately, there are note-taking techniques available that can improve your ability to find and organize key concepts efficiently and effectively.

  • Taking Notes from a Textbook– Athabasca University's Web site, Get the Most From Your Textbook, provides a general overview on how to be more effective in taking notes from your textbooks.
  • Other Note-taking Systems – Cal Poly's Academic Skills Center provides examples of note-taking methods such as mapping, charting and the Cornell Note-taking Method.

For additional support with note-taking, please contact the director of academic support at your location.

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