Two-column notes are one of many note-taking strategies. The purpose for this strategy is to write notes systematically using headings and subheading to structure the layout of the notes. In two-column notes the entire page is used including the ½ inch margin on the page.
Major headings are written in the left column and elaborated upon in the right column. The elaborations may take the form of bulleted points, summary statements, subheadings, defining statements, new information, or synthesis of prior and new knowledge.
What are the procedures for taking two-column notes?
There are four basic procedures in two-column note-taking
1. Write the topic or chapter title across the top the notes page.
Step 1:Write the topic or chapter title across the top the notes page Topic or chapter title
Interrogating Texts: 6 Reading Habits to Develop in Your First Year at Harvard Introduction Previewing: Look “around” the text before you start reading
Read actively and deliberately. The habits of active reading are previewing ,annotating ,outline summarize, analyze repetitions and patterns, contextualize, compare and contrast , which may be used simultaneously.
Focus your reading through previewing. Consider text organization and how it effects meaning and the authors purpose. Set expectations for reading through previewing.
Interrogating Texts: 6 Reading Habits to Develop in Your First Year at Harvard Introduction: What is the overall purpose of the reading? What does it mean to look “around” the text before you start reading?
To explore the habits of active reading. The habits include:
outline summarize, analyze
repetitions and patterns
compare and contrast
Looking around texts means previewing the information before reading the material. Some examples of previewing are noting the text’s layout, author notes, the writing genre.
What classes might two-column notes be most effective?
Two column notes may be effective in most disciplines, particularly areas where there is a heavy emphasis on reading. Some include:
Social sciences (e.g. history, women’s studies, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and etc.)