Monday, 26 October 2009

Musing Mondays: Note Taking

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page.

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about note taking…

Do you take notes while reading – either for your reviews or for yourself? How/where do you make these notes (on the page, post-its, scrap paper, notebooks etc)?

It depends. If I own the book I tend to deface it quite a bit, i.e. I underline and write in the margin. It helps me think. I also flag things with little post it notes (memo to self must buy new little post its). Although I started doing this with my current read and then realised that I couldn't keep going with it. I was flagging to many things. I love Pratchett. If it is a library book I don't write in it. Instead I use post its. Little ones to flag and bigger ones to take notes on and stick on the page.

I started writing in books after first being told by my high school Swedish teacher to do it and it really helps. Then I was told again in two different books: The Well-Educated Mind and How to Read a Book. Both these books talk about the importance of marking your book in order to take part in the great conversation that reading is. How to Read a Book is one of my current reads and in addition to writing, underlining and generally talking to the book in the book I also take notes in a notebook. The book has so much good information that I really want to "mine" it.

When it comes to audiobooks I obviously can't write in the margin so for them I write in a notebook I always carry in my bag. It helps me to remember things I want to write in my reviews.

I also like going back and finding my notes from before. It makes me think about things again.

This picture was taken early this year. These books have a lot more notes and post its now. These are my anthologies for college.

Personally I always encourage people to make notes. It is up to each individual on how they make them but my students will be encouraged to make notes. It helps in thinking.  

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caite said...

I can not write in a book. Just can not do it...

I find note taking useless because my handwriting is almost unreadable.
I am not a notetaker, largely for that reason.

I am a Post-it pointer, using those little post-it flags to mark certain points, some of which actually prove useful and make sense when I look back at them!

The Book Resort said...

I just can't write in a book either :(.

Here's mine:

CeeCee said...

Notes do help me think, but I never thought of it as a conversation. I'm going to look for How to Read a Book. Thanks.

Crystal said...

I don't write in my books, I use a notebook - but if it's what you like to do, then more power to you. I'm definitely going to check out How To Read a Book - that sounds really interesting.

I used to write in my college books when taking notes.

kaye said...

How to read a book? I think there is a book for everything. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.