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In the age of digitisation, is it necessary to write notes when you have already past content PDF books in your laptop? Did you prepare notes for every subtopic in the Mains?

[Note. This is actually a recap of my earlier responses to similar questions on Quora.] In my view, the best strategy for taking notes and making notes is the three-column format of Cornell Notes, attributed to Prof. Walter Pauk of Cornell University, as shown below. It's far superior than the conventionally outline method, most commonly used by students in schools, colleges and university around the globe. It's latent power comes from its simple and yet elegant three-column spatial configuration. Notes (on the right), Cues/Questions (on the left), and Summary (at the bottom). To me, the "Cues/Questions" column in Cornell Notes is the most powerful in terms of self-testing of memory recall. When the page is folded one-third way from the right, the "Notes" column is "blocked from view" so to speak, and all you can see are the "Cues" or "Questions" on the left. The practice of formulating "Questions" [with the aid of the famed questioning toolkit often used by journalists in filing their news reports] is also a way of regularly training your mind in dealing with "Questions", as if in an exam. So, in a nut shell, it's a kind of simulation! The "summary" right at the bottom gives you the consolidated snapshot, a precis of sort, of what's important on the particular page. To me, Cornell Notes is the most efficient and effective note-taking and note-making process for students, other than the graphical method.

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The bottom-right corner of the page is the only space with black background — there is no white paper (no visual distractions and only one spot to rest your arms). Cornell University doesn't sell notebooks. At some level, if your brain is able to keep track of a multitude of thoughts and ideas, it can keep track of more than the four main “notes” one has to keep on a page. When you open the Cornell Notes, though, you have the option of using either a paper notebook (I prefer this model for carrying around on the go) or a computer.