Ever since from high school, I have tried using multiple note-taking systems and software, including the most popular ones out there like Notability, Evernote, OneNote etc. Right now, I am using OneNote mostly for my school and learning notes, as well as life organization. I use Evernote for blog and work. Having gone through briefly about how I use OneNote for taking class notes, here I will be sharing with you all how I use OneNote for everything – my organization method, my note-taking method and more. This is to sum up all my Tumblr posts and previous posts on this blog, and will serve as a comprehensive guide to using OneNote.
Notebooks I have on my OneNote
I don’t actually have a lot of notebooks in OneNote, I’ve just got three. They are “Personal“, “MOOCs” and “Semester V“.
- Personal: I put most the information I want to keep for future here, and that includes
- Some ideas in my mind
- links that I am interested in, or those I want to read later
- Book lists
- MOOCs: notes I have taken from online courses
- Semester V: I am taking my fifth semester in my college now, so that’s how I named my school notebook for this semester
One of my favorite things about OneNote is how you can move around things. The high flexibility of the note-taking page allows you to set things however you want it to look. In this notebook, I love to store my ideas and references.
For reading lists, for example, I normally would search it up online for the categories of books that I am interested in. If I see a list of books that I want to read in the future, I would paste in on the note page. I divide my lists according to categories, and some pages (like the one – Education – I am showing below) consists of several lists from different sources.
This is where I store all of my notes for online courses.
The first thing you will see in the Notebook is a section called “Study Plan”, where I organize all the online courses that I would like to study on the page.
- I divide the courses according to their online platforms.
- I make sure to put down the university and course code of the course so I can easily find them on the platform if I didn’t link the course.
- Using the highlighting system, I can highlight courses that I want to take or differentiate a certain category of courses from others.
- e.g. here, yellow represents courses I would like to take soon
- and pink represents courses regarding learning and language skills
To make things clearer for myself, I also make myself a sorted list according to subjects.
I make use of the Section Groups and have each topic as a group. Here I have English, Learning, Philosophy, Psychology and UBC Business (notes I took during the summer school I joined in Vancouver).
Notes for each course
For each course, I like to have the course syllabus here for easy reference.
- Basic information like course name, institution, link of the course and progress is here so that when I look back at the notes I can easily know what course this is
- I have noted the key concepts, guiding questions, readings of the topic
For the course notes, I just use the Cornell method as shown in How I Take Notes For Classes.
This page to me is my absolute life saver. I use this mostly to track my learning and reading progress.
- I have a table with all the weeks for this semester on the left column, and each column consists of the topics and readings for the respective courses.
- I use blue for weeks that have already passed and red for the current week.
- Once I have finished reviewing a topic, I would cross it out.
- Similarly, if I have done reading a required piece, I would tick it off.
- If I have made notes and reviewed that notes of the reading, I would cross out the reading.
In this case, every study tasks I have to do is clearly listed out, and my progress is shown as well. This would motivate me to complete tasks, and also make sure that I didn’t loose track.
For each semester, I would use the course I take for each section group. I use their course code for the name.
And for each course, I would have tabs for course info, lectures, and tutorials.
This is where I list out the following things.
- Course topics
- Readings for each topic
- Office hours
- Time for lectures and tutorials
- Information of the instructor and tutor
- Assessments and its respective weightings
And finally, for each lecture and tutorial, I will just type in my notes and record the class with it. Sometimes I would also insert a pdf or ppt slides of the respective class. For more details on how I take notes, make sure to see my updated note-taking method for lectures and tutorials.
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