The- we've all been there. Reading an insightful book, highlighting key points, underlying keywords, yet struggling to explain what we've just learned moments later. This frustration is the illusion of competence, a phenomenon where our note-taking methods deceive us into thinking we've grasped new information while our brain idles.
But what if we told you there's a fix? The solution lies in taking smart notes. Adopted by luminaries like Leonardo da Vinci and Niklas Luhmann, smart notes not only help in retaining information but also foster critical thinking.
What Makes Smart Notes 'Smart'?
1. Active Smart Notes
Smart notes are active; they're not passive highlights and underlines that merely follow the author's flow. Instead, smart notes involve actively restructuring other people's thoughts into your own structure. One effective method is the(Question, Evidence, Conclusion) note-taking structure. Regardless of the order the author presents their ideas, the Q/E/C structure allows for a consistent method to extract and link the main points together.
2. Atomic Smart Notes
The second element that sets smart notes apart is their '' nature. Instead of lumping notes into one giant document, each idea on a smart note stands independently. This atomic approach allows for 3D thinking, linking ideas in various directions and placing them in a context, turning the notes into a dynamic latticework of interlinked ideas.
3. Connected Smart Notes
Lastly, smart notes are interconnected. They are linked to existing knowledge, enabling us to combat the illusion of competence effectively. A powerful technique to achieve this is the Compass of Zettelkasten Thinking, which prompts four perspectives on an idea: its origin, its similarities to other ideas, competing ideas, and future implications.
In summary, smart notes are active, atomic, and interconnected. They represent a potent tool for understanding and retaining complex information, making us better thinkers, learners, and communicators.
This blog post was heavily inspired by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O46Rqh5zHE