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Download this template to record your notes, source details and evaluation and topic.
It's an easy way to keep all your research in the one place and will help you to bring it all together when the time comes to write your final piece.
Research Template Sample Complete
This is a sample of how the Research Template might be completed.
Note taking skills
Effective note-taking from lessons and readings is an essential skill for study. Good note-taking allows a permanent record for revision and a register of relevant points that you can integrate with your own writing and speaking. Good note-taking reduces the risk of plagiarism. It also helps you distinguish where your ideas came from and how you think about those ideas.
Listening and note-taking skills
Many of the strategies for reading note taking also apply to listening note taking. However, unlike reading, you can't stop a lesson and review as you listen. Therefore, preparation prior to listening can greatly improve comprehension.
Have a clear purpose
Recognise main ideas
Select what is relevant; you do not need to write down everything that is said
Have a system for recording information that works for you
Discover | Distil | Do
Delete, Substitute, Keep
To effectively summarise, you must delete some information, substitute some information and keep some information.
Delete information that is not valuable to you or does not suit your purpose or does not address your purpose for reading.
Substitute words that are more natural everyday words making the overall meaning easier to recall and understand.
Keep the words and passages that convey the overall meaning of the information.
When you copy information word-for-word, you leave no capacity in your working memory for analytical thinking. Note-taking in your own words helps you to identify what is important and why it is or isn't important.