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October 2006

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Taking notes

Taking Effective Notes

Whether you are taking a class, receiving training for a new office program, or doing research for an upcoming project, you need to take accurate, organized notes. Graphic organizers can be a big help for remembering important points. Here are a few you might try.

  • Lists—Create lists to help you pinpoint main ideas .

  • Flowcharts—These are most effective when taking notes about a process or cycle. Use boxes and arrows to show the "flow" of information.

  • T-Bars—Use a T-bar for noting pros/cons, before/after, problems/solutions, and other information that has two sides or parts.

  • Venn Diagram—The overlapping circles allow you to compare two topics by separating similarities and differences of two ideas.

  • Clusters—These graphics allow you to note key ideas and their details.

  • 5 W's Chart—This chart includes columns to list the “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” and “why” of ideas.

When you're learning something new, taking well-organized notes is half the battle. Select the graphic organizer that works best for you and adjust it to fit your own style.

For samples of the above graphic organizers, along with more information about taking effective notes, see the Job Aide emPOWERED Notetaking, new from UpWrite Press.

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UpWrite Press Offers Personal Coaching for Business Writing Skills

What's the quickest way to improve your business writing skills? Personal coaching may be the answer.

UpWrite Press offers a variety of personal coaching plans that teach traits and techniques of business writing.

Our personal coaching delivers real results with minimal investment in time and money. We start with your own writing samples. Our professional writing coaches study and assess them. Then we contact you at the time and place of your choosing and set up a teleconference that gives you concentrated, personalized attention. We discuss your strengths and weaknesses—no scripted observations. We show you how to improve your business writing skills by capturing your ideas, with your style and voice, in the most powerful, clear, and engaging way possible. We show you how to write faster with fewer changes. Plus, we give you strategies for improvement that you can use beyond the session.

Personal coaching is today's "executive summary" for effective business writing. For more information
about this dynamic new approach to training, download our Personal Coaching Plan* document, or call
1-800-261-8258 ext. 17.

*The Personal Coaching Plan document is provided in PDF format. For free Acrobat Reader software, visit www.adobe.com.

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Join Our Writer’s Forum

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Writers' Forum

October Writer’s Forum Topic

Writing Aides

What writing aides do you have on your desk right now? A dictionary? Thesaurus? Grammar Guide? Which ones do you use the most and find most useful?

Email your response to writersforum@upwritepress.com.
Write “October Writer’s Forum” in the subject line, and you could see your reply in the eTips Mid-Month Mini!

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