Six ways to take notes, how to use a semicolon, and creating an effective landing page

Here’s what I read this past week.

Six great ways to take notes

Mai Duy Linh from Craft Your Content wrote about the six best methods of taking notes. I take notes after reading books, doing interviews with clients, and when I want to get some thoughts down after consuming some great content. Everyone has their own way of taking notes so that they are easy to recall for future use. Here are six different ways to take notes:

  1. Structured online method: This is a traditional type of notation and most people are familiar with it. It’s a simple and quick way to take notes.
    1. Write down each topic: Main idea => Subtopic or key concept => Supporting details.
    2. Record information during class or when reading a textbook.
    3. After finishing the class, check the notes; if necessary, write them down.
  2. Cornell method: This method is ideal for revision. Divide the paper into three parts: 
    1. Cues: Write down the main points of the test or questions that may be included in the test. 
    2. Notes: Write all the ideas in a system.
    3. Summary: Abstract the main idea of ​​the whole lesson.
  3. Mind map: This method gives you a way of thinking about the material by gathering main ideas and sub-ideas when writing an essay or reading books. 
    1. Select a central theme, using a drawing or keyword in the middle of the blank paper.
    2. Choose keywords for main ideas and draw them to the central topic with lines or roots.
    3. Split branches for additional ideas.
    4. Check for gaps and links.
  4. Flow notes: This “unstructured” method involves jotting down the most important parts in whatever way makes most sense to you. 
    1. Write the information in your own words.
    2. Use diagrams and images to represent new ideas.
    3. Connect ideas backward, between topics, and with what you already know.
  5. Structured analysis method: Take notes and analyze them at the same time to save time later.
    1. Divide the page into two parts: Notes and Remarks.
    2. Write notes on the left column.
    3. Adding reviews and analysis to the right column to deepen your knowledge.
  6. Bullet journal: This method is effective for recording work and plans. It’s suitable for those learn with visuals with images.
    1. Create a table of contents.
    2. Create a diary for the current month. Fill in deadlines or events you have this month.
    3. Open the next blank page for journaling today. Write the date, jot down day events, notes for yourself, and work you want to accomplish.
    4. At the end of the day, create a diary for tomorrow and move unfinished tasks into it.

How to use a semicolon correctly

Meghan Moravcik Walbert from LifeHacker wrote about how to use a semicolon correctly. Many people misuse punctuation marks, and semicolons are one of the most poorly understood. You can use a semicolon:

  • To connect two independent clauses in one sentence instead of using a period to make two sentences (Frank had pasta for dinner; his no-carb diet is out the window.)
  • To separate items in a list instead of commas (Once the pandemic ends, I am going to eat baguettes near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France; eat some paella on the boulevard in Madrid, Spain; and have some wood oven pizza in Napoli, Italy.)

Create an effective landing page

Matt Maiale and Julian Shapiro from Demand Curve wrote about how to create a more effective landing page. They provided examples of how to write headlines, add hooks, and speak directly to your audience. The first section of their guide discusses the section above the fold (ATF), which included the headers, subheads, and call-to-action buttons. They focused on three steps:

  1. Identify how users get value from your product
  2. Add a hook to get them to keep reading
  3. Speak directly to customer personas

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