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Study Tools: Taking Notes from PRIMARY Sources in the Arts and Humanities, WYSIHYT

Although any amount of reading is preferable to none, reading without taking any notes is unlikely to be an effective use of your study time.

Two pertinent questions

Tonight we test possible solutions to two related questions: 1. What is different about taking notes from PRIMARY Sources in the Arts and Humanities? We briefly revise the differences between primary and secondary sources. 2. Why do I need notes of these kinds?

What should I note?

Notes provide a condensed record of information. Just as importantly, taking strategic, selective notes as you read helps to sharpen your critical, proactive involvement in the material you are dealing with. Taking notes enhances your essay writing performance, and makes it easier for you to revise for tests and exams (if necessary) at a later date.

How should I set my notes out?

We consider various techniques for taking notes about PRIMARY sources such as novels, poems, plays, paintings, films, advertisements, and so on. We explore the advantages of taking notes in different styles for different analytical purposes and 'text types', or study objects.

We decipher the acronym, WYSIHYT.

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Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills