I do a lot of reading which generates a lot of notes

Academic work requires the selection of information from a range of sources in order to ensure a range of arguments and viewpoints. However, with so much information available, note taking can easily take up more time than you can afford to spend. Remember that you are marked on the essay, not on your notes, so it is important to leave enough time to work on planning, drafting and reviewing the essay. Have a clear focus when you read so that you can be selective and identify the relevant information from a range of sources. By reducing the time spent on note taking you will be able to ensure that enough time is left to work on the writing of the essay, including improving structure. Before you begin to read, use the essay question as the starting point for establishing the focus for information gathering.

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