Taking effective notes from the resources that you read, or lectures you attend, is important. Notes help you to increase your knowledge and understanding, spot areas and topics where you're less confident, and - of course - they're exceptionally useful for revision and writing assignments. Some techniques for note-taking are listed below.
Regardless of how you take notes, good practice would include:
One of the principal reasons why this is important is that good note-taking can help you to avoid plagiarism by making referencing easier and more accurate, and by making sure you distinguish your own original ideas from others'. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and a breach of academic integrity, and must be taken seriously. More information is available on the University of Cambridge's plagiarism website, and on this LibGuide.
When you're revising, it's much nicer to come back to properly typed notes!
- MPhil Economics and Finance student, 2017-18 (2018)
These are just a few examples but there are plenty of alternatives available.
If you haven't developed your own style yet, just try different things and see what works for you. There can't just be one way of doing it.
- MPhil Japanese Studies student, 2017-18 (2018)
With thanks to:
#1 Alexandre Weil (MPhil Economics and Finance)
#2 Mansi Gupta (LLM Law)
#3 Laura Erel (MPhil Music)
#4 Anya Melkina (MPhil Japanese Studies)
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