A way for Notetaking

My daughter was working on a book talk. This was a homework task in which she had to read a whole book and make some notes for every chapter. Because she is usually a little bit unorganized I gave her the following idea: Take a 3×5 index card. Write as a header line the following information: book title, author, and some kind of classification.

Now go on with the following three parts: prediction, events, and questions. Whereby predictions would be one sentence about what will happen in the next chapter. Events is a list with the main events. And questions will be every open question regarding this book.

She did this very well. I hadn’t seen her to complete such a task in a short time. And the most astonish thing was: she had made her notes by the way and could use it to finish this task.

I found the main idea for this kind of notetaking in the book ‘A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers’ from Kate L. Turabian. I am not sure if this citation is really all necessary to find the rest of this stuff. But, you should find this book on Amazon for example. Unfortunately I can’t tell you the page reference for this kind of notetaking. I read this book on my Kindle.


The idea of the structured note taking with org-mode was depend on the following link The most impressive point was the structure which he uses as base for the notes. After short research I discovered that I have installed a very similar structure about 1 and 1/2 years ago. The bad thing is I have missed to use it completely. This leads me to a small improvement step: Use my structure and export all the needed information with c-c c-e h Simple expressed: this leads to an export as a html file. The next logical step for me was the creation of a Master.org page. On this page all my pages where linked together. What is missing now is a link or menu on every page. So that I can switch to other pages as I need them. Fun isn’t it?

Some days later I had do rename my Master.org. The reason are very simple. Most start pages which are viewed through a web browser are called index.htm. So this is more a common way to name this proper.