comment by djm ·
2014-06-23T10:15:35.339Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
What are your strategies of taking notes for new information?
Start by reading random articles -> wiki -> papers / books
Decide how complex it is likely to be for me and how far deep I want to learn the topic (e.g. how useful is this to me for really learn this)
Do you take any notes on paper? If so do you scan them or otherwise digilatize them?
Used to do notes on paper in bound books, a book per area (ideas, programs, building, etc) but never digitized them. For the last few years I use Google docs - like evernote, easy to search, write and read anywhere.
I still do Maths problems of paper as it seems quicker to scribble and draw diagrams / charts - would love to know a digital option though that worked as easily as pen.
Do you have specific strategies for deciding which information to write down?
New document for each topic to learn , or application of knowledge. e.g. document "Learn maths" - progress of maths courses , "AI applications" = how to actually build something.
The usual structure of a document is
*Overview - what is it, what do I want to learn
*Progress - what do I need to do, current tasks, upcoming tasks
*Application of Knowledge - ways to apply the knowledge - for me, usually software / website. I feel I need to actually apply new knowledge otherwise it doesn't stick after a few years. This section often has links to other project documents
*Notes - sub headings as needed, usually a 2-3 sentence summary of the area, links and the actual content contains things I didn't know / should learn / not obvious
*Log of Events - dated entry of when I read, learn or apply the knowledge
How do you write notes to capture all important information?
I don't - I only write down things I don't know, paragraphs usually with links to appropriate sources for deeper reminders. I find actually typing in my own words helps best for me to learn.
Do you tag your notes?
clear use of of document titles, standard sections, make sure right keywords are in the document (anywhere) and Google makes it very easy to get to the right document
If you use Evernote, or a similar system how private are your notes? Would you allow friends to read in them? Your spouse?
All notes are private by default, but some code I write as part of applying the learning is public e.g. - github. My spouse isn't at all interested in Maths or AI but would happily share if she wanted to read them