Use this space for noting your reflections on what is being presented and your reactions to it. Note items to follow up on here too.
Write or draw, include your feelings, questions, and emerging ideas and other comments.
When you review, your associations with how you experienced what was presented will make it easier to remember. What you put in this column acts as a key and an index, aiding recall.
Use this space for taking traditional notes on what is being presented, in whatever way you already like using.
Here’s where the brain-based research really kicks in: At the bottom of your notes for each presentation, draw a line below your notes to write a summary. As soon as possible after the talk, take 3-5 minutes to write a summary of what you want to remember from these notes, and create appropriate items in your calendar and to do lists.
If you make time to review your summaries before your sleep, you will help solidify the new neural connections you want to keep. If you review your summaries after sleeping, you do even more to move what you learned from short term memory to long-term memory. When you review your notes, in most cases all you’ll need to review is your summaries.
Not sure what to write in the summary? One of the easiest ways is to do it in 3 sentences:
- Summarize what the speaker is proposing you think about or do differently
- Reference the key supports for the proposition
- Make a bulleted list of what you most want to remember later**most valuable