Note-taking strategies for graduate students

Everyone has heard the phrase “there’s a method to my madness.” It sort of conjures up people like the executive at the TV network I used to work at whose dark burrow-like office was literally filled with books and papers–there was not a surface in that room that was not piled high with folders, pieces of mail, copies of god-knows-what, and general detritus of all descriptions. (Though I will say that I don’t know if even he would say, “Oh, I know where everything is in here.” If he did, he would have to be lying.)

However, ever since I returned to graduate school (not to mention the whole move across the country, which necessitated shedding a lot of belongings so as to not have to pay the movers to haul crap that I wouldn’t really need), I’ve had to really pare down the amount of stuff that I hang on to, so that’s required that I carefully think through how I take notes in class and as I work through papers and such.

So I thought I’d discuss my strategies for note-taking–also partially because one of my colleagues asked me what it is that I do to keep my ducks in a row.

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to present at the Tablet Symposium at the University of Sussex in April of this year! I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “The iPad and Notions of Magic in Modern Media and Culture,” which investigates the idea of the iPad as “magic” and why this rhetoric has persisted to now. Thanks to the Centre for Material Digital Culture at the University of Sussex for inviting me, the University of Oregon for supporting my attendance, and all of my various benefactors for making this trip possible!