Write Literature Notes to Inform Permanent Notes

Literature notes are notes that record anything from a text that you might want to use later. They should accurately and faithfully reflect the work you are consuming, but translate the ideas into new words to help facilitate better understanding.

Be selective when making literature notes: avoid succumbing to the collector's fallacy, which tricks us into thinking because we've captured information that we've mastered it.

Always make literature notes with consideration for what other notes you've already taken, and with an eye toward creating new permanent notes.



Ahrens, Sönke. How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers. Sönke Ahrens, 2017.