3. Use Your Template to Take Notes

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In this video, you will copy your template and use it to take notes.

Using a note-taking template to take notes allows you to keep your notes more organized and complete.

When you have an upcoming test, you can study information more easily by reviewing the specific sections of your template that are going to be tested.

To begin, remove the label from the top section of your copy so you have space to make notes.

Then, add basic details about the source you are using for your notes, such as the title, topic, and date.

Next, take notes as you read or watch.

Include the main ideas of your topic.

Use bullet points to keep your notes organized.

Each bullet point should only include one note.

Use short sentences and phrases to keep your notes short and to the point.

For example, if you are referring to the same topic or fact over several notes, you do not need to repeat the topic or fact in each note.

Continue adding notes. You do not need to write down every detail and example.

Focus on the information that you will most likely need to know for a test or other activity.

Keep your notes simple.

You can format your bullets to include additional details about a specific note, such as a list of traits for a character or the order of events in a historical battle.

After your reading or viewing is over, fill in the Cue section.

Add anything you want to look up or clarify, like important vocabulary words for a science topic or book chapter, and possible study questions.

Then, add a brief summary of your notes. Think about the overall main points or ideas and explain them.

Your summary should help you quickly review your topic so you can remember what your notes are about.

Now, it’s your turn: Take notes about your topic, Complete the Cue section, And add a summary.


  1. Take notes about your topic.
  2. Complete the Cue section.
  3. Add a summary.