How To Take Smart Notes

How to Take Smart Notes



  • Author: Sönke Ahrens
  • Full Title: How to Take Smart Notes
  • Category: #books


  • This book aims to fill this gap by showing you how to efficiently turn your thoughts and discoveries into convincing written pieces and build up a treasure of smart and interconnected notes along the way. (Location 69)
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  • Writing is not what follows research, learning or studying, it is the medium of all this work. (Location 72)
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  • That is why good, productive writing is based on good note-taking. Getting something that is already written into another written piece is incomparably easier than assembling everything in your mind and then trying to retrieve it from there. To sum it up: The quality of a paper and the ease with which it is written depends more than anything on what you have done in writing before you even made a decision on the topic. (Location 94)
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  • What does make a significant difference along the whole intelligence spectrum is something else: how much self-discipline or self-control one uses to approach the tasks at hand (Duckworth and Seligman, 2005; Tangney, Baumeister, and Boone, 2004). (Location 103)
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  • Having a meaningful and well-defined task beats willpower every time. Not having willpower, but not having to use willpower indicates that you set yourself up for success. (Location 116)
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