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2. Build Your Notes Template

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In this video, you will make a template for notes using a table.

A table is a structure in a document that organizes information into rows and columns.

The structure of the table you add to your document will help you know what notes to take and how to study the notes afterward. As you create the different parts, you will label your template to help remind you how the different parts work.

To begin, insert a table with two columns and three rows.

Merge the cells in the top row.

This top section is for recording basic information about the subject of your notes, such as the speaker, title and date.

In this section, add a label.

Then, drag the bottom border of the cell until it can hold about 2 lines of text.

Next, move the border between the columns in the middle row, so that the right column is about three times as large as the left.

You will need the most space in the middle row, so drag the bottom border close to the bottom of the page.

Leave some room for the bottom row of your table.

Label the right section “Notes.”

You can take notes here, writing short statements or phrases as you read or listen.

Label the left section “Cue Column.”

This section is for important terms and vocabulary words.

You can also add potential test questions or reminders of things you want to clarify.

Merge the cells in the bottom row.

Label this section “Summary.” This section is for a short summary of your notes.

Then, drag the bottom border until it can hold about 4 lines of text.

Make any final adjustments to make sure that your whole table appears on only one page, And your text is large enough to see easily.

Next, make a copy of your template.

By making a copy, you can keep the original template in your drive and reuse it whenever you need to.

Find something to practice taking notes on.

You could use a short video, a lecture or even a textbook chapter.

Or you can take notes on something assigned by your teacher.

Rename your file to fit the subject of your notes.

Now, it’s your turn: Insert a table, Merge cells to create space for your notes, Adjust the size of the sections, Label each section, And make and rename a copy of your template.

Instructions

  1. Insert a table.
  2. Merge cells to create space for your notes.
  3. Adjust the size of the sections.
  4. Label each section.
  5. Make and rename a copy of your template.