Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Take notes to deepen your comprehension, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- In this video, we'll explore the lynda.com note-taking tool. Now, every person is slightly different when it comes to how their memory and brain works. For most people, however, writing something down, or going through the process of rephrasing new ideas in your own words causes the brain to make more neurological connections, and helps us retain knowledge better. Further, we're going to end up with a written record of the things that we found most important while learning. To help us make the most of this neurological process, and to create a quick reference guide that is perfectly tailored to your needs, lynda.com offers an integrated note-taking feature.
Notes are a great place to accomplish two things: First, we can summarize new ideas in our own words, and second, we can make observations about what parts of the course are most important to achieving our overall learning goals. Let's go ahead and take a look at the notes feature. Here in my web browser, I'm watching Note-Taking for Business Professionals with Paul Novak. I thought this would be an appropriate course to discuss the note-taking features in lynda.com. On the left-hand side of the screen, you can see in the timeline that I'm in Chapter 1, which is Effective Note-Taking Strategies, and I'm watching the first movie, which is Exploring the Keys to Active Listening.
During this movie, Paul's describing that good note-taking actually starts with being a good listener. And maybe that's something I find important that I want to write down, too, or to create for myself later on. I'm going to do this by clicking on the Notebook tab right next to the Contents tab on the left-hand side of the screen. If this is your first time taking a note, there's actually going to be some information below the note box that helps you get started with taking notes. Let's go ahead and walk through that information. The first part, is that I can simply click in the Write your note box and I can start taking my note, such as "Good note-taking "starts with active listening." When I'm ready to save my note, all I have to do is hit the Enter or Return key.
You can now see that the instructions for note-taking have disappeared, and I have a section heading which is actually the chapter title for the chapter we were just in, which is Effective Note-Taking Strategies. The note that I took appears directly below that, and to the right of that, I have a small icon that has the time signature inside of that movie in which I took the note. If I hover on this icon, I can also see the name of that movie, which is Exploring the Keys to Active Listening. If I've taken a note and I'd like to delete that note, all I have to do is click on the trash can icon on the right-hand side. I can also add to my note simply by clicking near the text, and continuing to type.
Let's go ahead and see how notes build upon each other as we move throughout the course. I'm going to click back on the Contents tab, I'm going to go down to Chapter 2, where it says, Taking Note of What You Read, and I'm going to select Avoiding Excessive Highlighting and too many notes and start watching that video. - In this video, we're going to discuss note-taking, while-- - Let's go ahead and jump ahead in the video. I'm going to click on the timeline to about a minute and five seconds in. Now, when we're taking notes, there's a nice balance between taking the correct notes, or the notes that you want to reference later, and taking too many notes, where they're no longer a quick reference guide. I'm going to come back to the Notebook section, and I'm going to remind myself to take the right amount of notes.
I'm going to go and hit the Return key so I can save this note to my notes section. You'll notice because I'm in a new chapter, I have a new section heading up here. If I want to only see notes for Chapter 2, I can actually come to Chapter 1 and click the toggle button and close out the notes for that particular chapter. You can also see that my icon has a one minute and five second time marker on it, because I was a minute and five seconds into this particular video. And again, I can hover on it and see the name of the particular movie I was watching. I'm going to come back to the Contents area, and I'm just going to jump down to this Mind Mapping video. - This vid-- - Go ahead and pause that, and I'm going to make a note to myself to look up mind mapping tools.
Hit the Return key to add it to my notes. And you can now see that I'm building directly upon Chapter 2 with an an additional note. The great thing about all of these notes is that they're actually active links. If I'm reading a note, and I think to myself, "Man, I really want to watch that "particular section of the video "to remind myself what the author was saying," all I have to do is click on the icon. I'm going to automatically jump to that particular movie, and start watching it. Now, please keep in mind that you need to be logged in to view the Notebook tab. Also, these notes are automatically saved here at your lynda.com account.
So if you log out of your lynda.com account, log back in at a later time, and continue watching a course, the notes you've already taken will continue to be in the Notebook section for that particular course. I highly encourage you to take the time to take notes as you're moving through a lynda.com video. This is going to make sure that you're actively participating with the author, that you're creating a quick reference guide to look at later on, and you're able to highlight the most important learning for your learning goal.