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The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More


As recent readers know, I’ve been doing research on metacognition as part of developing a new lesson plan. Effective note-taking could be an effective metacognitive strategy, and I thought I’d start a list of some resources and invite readers to contribute more:

If you need it, here’s a simple explanation of the Cornell Notetaking System.

4 Popular Note Taking Strategies is from Exam Time.

Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students is by Vicki Davis.

Learn To Take Better Notes – 3 Note Taking Strategies Compared

Note taking Strategies for ELL Students in Content Area Classrooms

Visual Notetaking in the Classroom is by Wendi Pillars.

How English-Language Learners Have an Edge is by James Boutin.

The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking is from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Another Study Finds Note-Taking By Hand Is More Effective Than By Digital Device

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking is from MindShift.

6 Strategies for Taking High-Quality Notes is from Edutopia.

Good NY Times Column On Ineffectiveness Of Note-Taking On Laptop During Lecture, But What About Ineffectiveness of Lectures?

Noted is a new and possibly helpful note-taking app.

Note-Taking Strategies is from The Learning Scientists.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Drawing in Class – a TEDx talk by Rachel Smith

  2. Here’s another at Mind/Shift —
    Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

  3. A blog post that I wrote on sketchnotes that includes 2 digital lessons that teachers can use (just click file/make a copy) to teach visual notetaking to their class. Enjoy:

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