Note Making

We ask students to take notes when we teach them in class because it is difficult for them to remember everything. We can’t remember everything. As a result, we advise students to note down key points. This allows them to easily connect what the teacher has taught in class. Furthermore, it is not possible to revise everything on the night of the exam. As a result, taking notes becomes necessary in such situations.

To overcome these challenges, important details should be written down. These notes assist us in our time of need. Note-taking is the process of writing down useful concepts and points.

Benefits of Note-Making

Making notes is a skill that can be honed through practice. There are some benefits to taking notes. Let us discuss some benefits of note-making:

  1. It is crucial in exams and academic writing.
  2. It is a collection of key points for future use.
  3. Making notes allows us to keep information on hand when we need it.
  4. It allows for faster revision during exam time, especially,the previous night of the examination.
  5. It has key points that make it easier to read.
  6. It helps in concentration, and comprehension, and keeps a permanent record.
  7. A note-making format allows a writer to go through large documents more quickly
  8. It enables comprehension when notes are written in our own words.
  9. Note making distinguishes between main points and small details.
  10. Note making relies heavily on storage and retrieval of information.

Structure of Note Making

There is a set format for writing notes. To have an unambiguous understanding of it, one must adhere to this note-making format. I have provided two structures of note-making in two different colors. The note-taking format has-

Heading/Title of the Topic

It displays the note’s title or heading and is generally available in the first sentence of the first paragraph

This is the first section of your note, and it must express the passage’s main idea.  The main idea of the passage is represented by the header/title.


A subheading, as the name suggests, is a subdivision of the main topic. Subheadings are essential paragraph components that contain critical information that must be divided into points and subpoints. Subheadings describe how the passage’s main topic evolved. You can use as many subheadings as you want.


Some important points from the main topics are included under the subheadings.


More headings can be added beneath the points to show the category, types, advantages, and so on.

Keywords or Keyphrases

The key section of the note displays the various codes, symbols, or abbreviations that are used. It is beneficial to understand the keys used in the note-taking format.

Symbols and abbreviations and their values in note-making

It is common and acceptable to use abbreviations to shorten long terms when taking notes. Use abbreviative forms sparingly, and include a key at the end of your message that lists all of the full forms. Common symbols like &, @, #, and % are also permitted and can replace 1,2,3, and A, B,C They are used for word precision and economy and are thus very useful in note-taking.

Types of Note-Making format

There are various note-taking formats. Let us explain them one by one.

Page Split  Format: The page is divided into two sections or columns, First column contains normal notes and the second column contains a precise summary. This format is widely used for taking lecture notes.

Diagram Format: It is generally called the visual note making method and a diagram is used to store the information. This is self-explanatory and straightforward.

Outline Structure: This is a visual note-making format method where information is presented as an outline and titles and subtitles are numbered accordingly.

Question and Prompt Format: The main points are highlighted in this method as a series of questions and appropriate answers. It makes it easier to revise the note.


Format for Note Making

Heading/Title of the Topic
  1. Sub-heading 1
          1.1 Point 1
            1.2 Sub sub-heading
               1.2.1 a, Sub point 1
               1.2.2 b sub point 2
      2. sub heading 2
         2.1 a sub point 1
         2.1.2 b sub point 2
Department= Dept.
Clarifications= Clari.

Second Method:

Heading/title of the topic
A Sub Heading 1
    A 1.1 Point 1
    A1.2 Point 2
B Sub Heading 1
     B.1.1Point 1
     B1.2 Point 2
C 1 Sub Heading 1
     C 1.2 Point 1
        C 1.2 Sub- sub- Heading 2
          C 1.2.1 Point
Abbreviations: Minimum of three abbreviations required

Solved Examples of Note Making