How to annotate a book


The video shares the new note-taking system, which involves color-coded sticky tabs, a pen, highlighter, and notebook.

The speaker demonstrates how to highlight key areas that align with her research interests and using sticky notes to summarize complex passages and react personally.

Cornell method of note-taking can be used.

In the next section, the speaker discusses their new system for taking notes when reading a book, using four tools.

  • The first tool is sticky tabs, which are color-coded with purple being the main color for anything drawing their attention or interesting to them. They also use yellow or lime green tabs to reference a source they want to look at and use pink or orange tabs for extremely important points.
  • The second tool is a pen and
  • the third tool is a highlighter, which they use to highlight important passages that align with their research interests.
  • Lastly, they use a notebook to write down more extensive notes, quotes, and thoughts.

Then the next section explains the four tools to annotate academic books.

  • First, use sticky tabs with different colors for topics that are important and require attention.
  • Second, highlights ideas or sentences that are unclear or hard to understand.
  • Third, sticky notes for personal reactions and to summarize complex passages.
  • Lastly,
    • revisits each sticky note and decides if it’s useful to keep or can be removed.
    • rather have too many notes than not enough,

how to determine which annotations to keep and which ones to discard

She emphasizes that notes should not be permanent, and if an idea isn’t useful or has already been documented, she simply gets rid of the sticky note.