How to Take Smart Notes By Sönke Ahrens

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How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking By Sönke Ahrens


Book/Novel Author: Sönke Ahrens

Book/Novel Title: How to Take Smart Notes



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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.
This book has the potential to change your professional life. It encourages you to develop reflection and documentation habits that increase your knowledge.
I listened to the audio book then bought two paperback copies to give to my academic research counterparts (and keep as a loaner). A fast and intuitive read with lots of good anecdotes.

The key benefit was not how to take smart notes to better remember what I read but to use what I read to explore new areas. It helped me move from viewing knowledge as pre-cut pieces of a jigsaw “puzzle”, but as another Lego piece to build whatever I find interesting. The techniques on smart notes allows me to find the type of Lego piece that works best for the next of many more steps
Loved the ideas presented in this read and think it could be useful but failed to show enough examples of how one can implement this note taking strategy.
This is one of the most transformative books I have ever read. It is about “how to take smart notes” yes, but so much more. Personal development, skill acquisition, even spiritual growth. Can’t recommend it highly enough!


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