“Let me look at my notes” you could have heard it many times from a manager, lawyer, a student, a secretary or any one who has to remember a lot of information. In many areas of study and work, note- taking is essential in helping us to remember and retrieve certain points when we most need them, but individual methods and styles may vary significantly.
For example, when Mark Zuckerberg was talking to young entrepreneurs, everybody was listening except two people who were actually taking notes and they happen to be legendary investors and the most successful people in the room.
As a matter of fact, writing information down is important to get fully involved in the learning process. Note- takers are more actively involved because they process the information and get it down on a tablet, laptop or paper. A student needs to remember all relevant information for exams, and this is backed up by research, which finds that students who take notes are 7 times more likely to remember their lessons a week later than those who do not.
When it comes to storing and retrieving data, notes, data information or whatever, modern technology is providing remarkable solutions.
Successful managers and students realize it is important to find information easily and quickly and they know how to organize their notes and data. Getting down information is not supposed to be in complete sentences; usually using shorthand or some other system is needed. Verbatim note- taking leaves out many essential elements, and visual mapping is a great way to overcome this problem, especially when students are visual learners.
Many people invent their own symbols and abbreviations that come up again and again to save time. Note- takers have to get their writing or typing up to speed and to hone their listening skills as well as to be fully concentrated.