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that I learn things better whan I write them down. Even if I never ever read again what I wrote.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri May 25th, 2007 at 01:20:22 PM EST
I do the same, I take detailed notes and never look at them again.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 25th, 2007 at 01:21:07 PM EST
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Me too. The detailed notes never seem to be of any use later on, but they focus the attention while they're being written. Sometimes, while writing, I stop (if I'm alone) and try to explain to an imaginary person what I think I've understood.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri May 25th, 2007 at 03:40:02 PM EST
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I think a lot of the effectiveness of note-taking is that it involves additional "channels" to gether the information. I think the best effect is obtained when you're taking notes from a spoken lecture, with visual aids. This is because it involves listening, taking in visual information, writing and reading what you write. If you take notes from a book, you're just reading and writing, and if you just read without taking notes, there's even fewer channels involved.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 25th, 2007 at 04:43:18 PM EST
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Sounds like an EXCELLENT habit.  And no doubt the brain-wave folks will probably show why it works so well.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Sat May 26th, 2007 at 02:50:42 AM EST
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Me too. I am a copious note taker at conferences, meetings, etc...and will usually read over the notes at least once later...but I definitely retain info better when I write.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sat May 26th, 2007 at 04:50:59 AM EST
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