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General Discussion

Taking Notes

I am taking the course How to Become a Web Designer. I don't take notes as I feel all information on topics covered are available on the web. Wondered what other people think about this approach?

4 Answers

Keith Doyle
Keith Doyle
25,973 Points

Taking notes has more benefit than a reference in the future. The act of writing something down has been proven to help with retention.

Why you should take notes

Tim Ferriss' Note Taking Methods

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Here's my basic process:

  1. Watch the videos
  2. Take notes on the important concepts as well as syntax using workflowy
  3. Refer back to your notes about syntax when doing the code challenges
  4. At the end of each badge build a little something for practice using the concepts you've just learned on code pen

The real trick is to remember what's possible and how to reference it. So when I can't remember the exact syntax of a CSS property, I consult a CSS quick reference which I keep in my bookmark bar for handy reference.


This topic has been dicussed a few times in this forum here are 2 great threads on the topic:

Thank you James....... I am reviewing my learning approach and intend to redo all my sections again and take notes.

Jacob Miranda
Jacob Miranda
19,080 Points

I have a separate notebook for Treehouse where everything is somewhat in sections. Makes going back for good tips easy

Thanky you everyone, I have been taking notes the last few days, while they have slowed me up, I passed the code challenges easily and am now using codepen.