The purpose of this activity is to take notes from the first 10 minutes of the lecture by David McCandless (TED, 2010) using three different note-taking styles.
Before viewing the lecture, have a look at the samples of two popular note-taking systems we have provided below. Now play the first 10 minutes of the lecture and try each of the styles in turn.
Style 1 - see example of The Cornell System . Note that using this system the left hand side of the page is where you re-write the key points of the lecture after taking your main notes in the right hand part of the page.
Style 2 - See example of Mind Mapping System . As with the above system, blank spaces should be left to add things at the completion of the lecture.
Style 3 - The note-taking style you use in lectures now
Which style do you think works best for you? How would you use these notes when you review your lecture notes? Would you need to re-write the notes? What do you think are the most important things to consider when taking notes? (the samples for the Cornell and Mind Mapping styleswill give you some clues!)
You can send us some scanned copies of your notes of this exercise for inclusion in later versions of this module.