This chapter reveals the inherent weaknesses of note-making/taking systems currently used all over the world. By analysing the effectiveness of various styles of note-making/taking, we can begin to evolve a system that works with our brains rather than against them.
It is important, at the outset, to make a clear distinction between note-making and nott-taking. Note-making means organising your own thoughts, often in a creative, innovative way. Note-taking means summarising someone else's thoughts, as expressed in a book, article or lecture.
For the past two decades, my colleagues and I have researched the note-making/taking styles of individuals at all levels in schools, universities and various professions. This research has been carried out in many different countries and has included observation, questioning and practical experiments.
One of the experiments consisted of asking each member of the group to prepare, within five minutes, an innovative, creative speech on the topic 'The
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The three major note-taking styles used by 95 per cent of note-takers and note-makers in all schools and professions around the world, regardless of language or nationality. Can you see why they leave 'brains in quandary* (see pages 44-51)?
Brain, Innovation, Creativity and the Future'. They were allowed to use a wide variety of papers, coloured pens and other writing materials, and were asked to include the following purposes in their notes:
• Communication and presentation
• Innovation and creativity
Despite being offered a wide range of materials, the majority chose standard lined paper and a single (usually black, blue or grey) pen. The results are intriguing.
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