Note-taking is a key academic skill that allows you to record important information. At university level, the amount of information that is shared with you can be enormous. It is essential to develop a system that will allow you to record that information in a manner you can easily access and retrieve from.  

Effective Note taking is a time-saving tool that can produce study aids that will help with revision at the end of the semester. Fostering good note-taking skills will allow you to become an active and effective reader helping you to analyse, reflect and question the material as you go. You might like to explore different note-taking styles, or, if the prospect of note taking makes you nervous, come and join us in the Skills Centre for our Note taking sessions.

Note Taking for Lectures

As a third level student it is essentials to develop effective note making skills to make sure that you get the most out of the time that you spend reading. Good note taking records the useful information which helps you to increase your understanding of the area you are studying. It helps develop memory skills and writing skills, and, will even help you to prepare for your exams. In this session you will learn about the 6 R’s of Note taking, organising your notes and active listening.


Note Taking for Reading

Jotting down notes on a reading in the margins and/or highlighting important sections can help you to better understand a text to some extent. However, as your reading requirements become more extensive, it become a bit confusing and cluttered it is well worth your while to spend time to write effective notes that will save you time down the research/writing track. There are many ways to take notes, this session will help you find one that suits you. This session looks at a concept centric matrix for reading and at spider diagrams and other visual aids for notetaking.


Is this session not on the skills sessions timetable? Would you or a group be interested in attending this session, but the Skills Centre is currently not offering it? Let us know! We would be happy to know what session students look forward to the most, so the Skills Centre can cater to all of your academic needs, simply email us about the sessions you or a group would like to attend.

Check out our downloadable handouts on note-taking!

These downloadable handouts cover important guidelines for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These resources are based on common questions about academic writing, general skills and research, exam preparation and specific assignments within your course. When availing of these resources, they will help you unlock YOUR Potential!

Check out the full suite of resources here.

Watch our Note Taking related Gimme Two Minutes Videos!

The Skills Centre 'Gimme Two Minutes' video series, available for viewing on YouTube, focuses on very basic concepts related to the academic writing and preparation skills, delivered by the University College Cork Skills Centre in a short and visual format. These videos can be used as self-learning tools and also give you a taste of what sessions and workshops the Skills Centre offers to UCC students.