Why are you taking notes?

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Study notes

Law students need to retain and make sense of a huge volume of information – so the one thing you’ll be doing as much as you’re reading, is taking notes. This resource pulls together a number of thoughts about the best way to take notes before, during and after class.

Before diving in, take a moment to think about why you take notes. The best way to take and keep notes may well depend on the answer to this question!

Law students use notes to:

  • remember what’s been said or what you’ve read
  • help focus / maintain attention
  • organise and maintain connections – create frameworks
  • relate ideas and find connection
  • ensure what they need is to hand in an open book exam.

The next few resources look at note taking in the context of when you’re taking the notes – before, during or after class. As you work through them think about what the purpose of the notes are – what you need from them may well help you focus on what’s most important.

As these resources develop we’ll include more information about applications for taking and sorting your notes (Notion, Evernote and more).

We’d love to hear from you – what are your most burning questions about note-taking? What tips and tricks do you have to share?