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How to Take Smart Notes PDF-This is the second, revised and expanded edition. The first edition was published under the slightly longer title “How to Take Smart Notes. One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers”.
The key to good and efficient writing lies in the intelligent organisation of ideas and notes. This book helps students, academics and other knowledge workers to get more done, write intelligent texts and learn for the long run. It teaches you how to take smart notes and ensure they bring you and your projects forward.
The Take Smart Notes principle is based on established psychological insight and draws from a tried and tested note-taking technique: the Zettelkasten. This is the first comprehensive guide and description of this system in English, and not only does it explain how it works, but also why. It suits students and academics in the social sciences and humanities, nonfiction writers and others who are in the business of reading, thinking and writing.
Instead of wasting your time searching for your notes, quotes or references, you can focus on what really counts: thinking, understanding and developing new ideas in writing.
Dr. Sönke Ahrens is a writer and researcher in the field of education and social science. He is the author of the award-winning book “Experiment and Exploration: Forms of World Disclosure” (Springer).
Since its first publication, How to Take Smart Notes has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been translated into seven languages.
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- Identification Number : B09V5M8FR5
- Publication date : March 8, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 1570 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 212 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Book Name : How to Take Smart Notes PDF
Anna M. Weichselbraun “I recently completed my PhD in the social sciences and wish that I had been able to read this book at the beginning of my graduate career. It’s far more than a mere how-to on note-taking. It’s effectively an evidence-based reflection on thinking and learning as a materially based practice that would be useful for everyone who is engaged in making knowledge in some way.
The author draws on a variety of research dealing with attention, learning, cognition, etc. to make an argument for the “slip box” note-taking system (or “Zettelkasten” as made famous by prolific sociologist Niklas Luhmann). I tend to think of these types of books as “self-help” for academics, but in the best way. Reading this book opened my eyes to the habits and practices that will best help me reflect and digest the reading I do, and productively summarize and apply it to my research and writing. This process has already helped me to read more effectively, by focusing on what in the given text is relevant to what I already know or am puzzling about. I’m deeply convinced by this iterative and generative process of knowledge-production.
If you’re an academic or other knowledge worker who struggles with how to usefully organize and engage with the massive amounts of information that we all accumulate, this is the book for you. If you feel that the notes you take on things often get lost (in your organizing system) or become incomprehensible after time has passed, this book is for you. If you are interested in methods and practices for streamlining and optimizing your knowledge work (GTD-followers, I’m looking at you), buy this book! ;)”
John L. Pope “This book presents several key ideas and techniques for improving one’s workflow as a writer. It’s based on the methods of sociologist Niklas Luhmann, who in the 1960s created a huge Wiki-like database of index cards. I learned about his “Zettelkasten” (slip-box) method years ago, but there was very little information on it in English. Lately that is changing. Fortunately, the method works even better with computers, and there is a variety of software out there that can handle this way of working. I use ConnectedText and Bear, but there are plenty of others that can implement all or most of the method. “Zettelkasten,” the one the author recommends, didn’t quite fit my needs, but I may revisit it. In any case, the book doesn’t rely on any particular program. For that matter, if you really wanted, you could work with index cards, à la Luhmann.
The main ideas are simple but profound. A few were especially helpful. 1) Work bottom-up, amassing notes on what interests you, rather than top-down, trying to fit into a preconceived plan. When it comes time to write, you will have a large storehouse from which to draw. 2) Separate notes on reading/study from one’s own thoughts. Just that one idea is already making a huge difference in my productivity and enjoyment of writing. 3) Create opportunities to be surprised later, by linking your ideas together as much as possible, via tags, categories, or whatever your program of choice calls them. When the size of your note stash reaches critical mass, you begin to find new or forgotten relationships between ideas. The author brings in plenty of other useful points, drawn from various disciplines.
I noticed some very ungenerous reviewers gave it one star, because they wanted examples. A silly demand, really, since the method is essentially non-linear, so any step-by-step example would have necessarily had to be trivial. You could also say that the book itself is a fine example of the method in action.
Unlike so many tomes on writing, this book is well-written. I didn’t see a translator credit, and if there wasn’t one, then even more props to the author and editor. The physical book, published via Create Space, is quite aesthetically pleasing.”
Eskrigger “The title is a little misleading. The “One Simple Technique” suggestion may set up false expectations that this is a lightweight non-fiction book loaded with cheap tricks and some magic sauce that will transform your working life. If that’s what you are hoping for then you’re half right. It can transform how you work and learn and develop your understanding but, as in all things, you’re going to have to graft a little.
For me it has helped me take the necessary steps to build a genuinely productive workflow and it has also led me to make significant changes to how I teach as well.
I think this book will be particularly accessibly to anyone who reads qualitative research and the text is relatively dense compared to your average self help book. It is a serious chunk of work, and Ahrens’ pedigree as an academic is apparent. It’s not as impenetrable as many papers in the social sciences (!) but it’s still a long way from the fluff that generally adorns the self help list. (And I read and like plenty of that too.) Some reviewers may take exception to references but I’m in favour of them – actually, I can’t think of anything worse that pages of opinion with the lightest of efforts to refer to a single study before the author makes some sweeping statement. I like to be able to check for myself and it also offers the opportunity for you to branch into areas for your own exploration.
If you are toying with the idea of building your own Zettelkasten this is the book – and check out zettelkasten.de as well as the author’s website for resources.
Potentially life-changing, certainly life-enhancing, but you’ll have to work for it too. You can’t blast through it in an hour. And, for something that could have so much impact you didn’t really expect that did you? Looking at reviews, it seems some people do. I bought it on Kindle but I’m buying the paperback too so I can re-visit and devote time to it as I add the elements I want to my own Zettelkasten.”
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