I saw two askme questions
that may be relevant. I was just hoping to get more specific information:
I've been reading tons of law materials. Cases, commentaries, text. I read the shit, and I'm done.
But lately, I've noticed that people in my class highlight, make a full page of notes, make notes on top of the text, use those sticky tabs, etc.
WHAT? Why? How?
What needs to be highlighted, and what doesn't? What do I take notes on, what don't I?
I actually have never taken notes with any real benefit before. I used to start off a semester in college with brand new notebooks, and started writing as the prof started talking. 2 weeks into it, a pen would be in my hand, but I'd probably write one or two sentences. I would never read any notes again. I would do pretty well in the class. I have a good memory, and I believe its served me pretty well. When I read, I would usually circle, or underline something. In preparing for a final, I would thumb through a text that I read looking for stuff that I may have underlined or circled, and then finish reading stuff that I hadn't read before and then I'm done.
Now though, I'm wondering if I need to step up my game. If so, HOW?
Notes? What is more important? Do I need to highlight obvious overall ideas that I already know? Do I highlight all the details? What do I not highlight? Do I need to use different colors? WHY?
Do I take notes on the text or on a separate sheet of paper? What do I have to note? Am I rewriting stuff, am I putting my own thoughts there, am I synthesizing, what? What am I doing there?
Also, just to add another element to this. I have so much text to lug around, I was thinking about PDFing everything through an ADF multifunction printer, then put it on my ipad. There are several apps that would allow me to take notes on top of the pdf and even highlight. Should I do that, rather than have the physical papers? If so, can I just use default scanning settings or do I have to use OCR or what?
What methods work for you? What would you recommend to make this experience beneficial for me? I have to get through 400 pages per week, which is no problem...except that if I have to highlight/take notes it will take a lot longer...right?
So basically, any advice, tech help, personal anecdotes, or magic will get "best answer"ed by me since I'm kinda lost here.