Links:Taking Notes, Writing and Speaking

Taking Notes

Here are some new ideas for taking effective notes, "10 Best Looking Notes of 2018":

Here is a template for printing your own sheets for taking notes in the Cornell Format.

Here is a good illustration of the Cornell Format of taking notes from Florida State University:

For a good overview of note taking tips, go to:

Here is another good overview of note taking skills: provides information on note taking techniques, methods of taking notes, using group notes, secrets to taking better notes, noteworthy notes, preparing for class and using colors.

Dartmouth College provides information on taking lecture notes, listening and the Cornell format.

Berkeley College offers 5 Tips for Effective Note Taking:

Learn how to draw mind maps with Mind Tools:

Learn about mind maps and watch a video by Tony Buzan, the inventor of mind maps.


The University of Minnesota provides an assignment calculator app that helps you develop a timeline for completing a major project:

The Purdue Online Writing Lab provides resources for writers including grammar, punctuation and making citations in the MLA or APA formats.

"You Quote It, You Note It" is an interactive tutorial to help students understand plagiarism and how to properly quote materials.  Students begin by selecting an avatar which leads them through the steps of making proper citations and avoiding plagiarism:

Here is an article on determining the credibility of sources on the Internet:

The College Atlas contains information on general study skills, reading and writing, test taking and preparation, time management, memory techniques and study skills for specific subjects:

The Virginia Tech site has resources on writing research papers, researching on the Internet, citing websites, writing basics, writing for the Web, 
the five paragraph essay, essays for literature, persuasive essays, and position papers. 

Purdue University offers comprehensive online resources for writing including starting the writing process, dealing with writer's block, developing a paragraph, doing research, writing a term paper and using citations.  There are approximately 35 helpful topics at this site:

The Write Place Catalog produced by St. Cloud University has handouts on just about every aspect and type of writing: 

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides many useful handouts on a variety of writing topics.  Topics include writing the paper, citations, specific writing assignments such as business letters, speeches, scientific reports, etc.:

Capital Community College provides a guide to grammar and writing:

The University of Chicago has a "Short Guide to College Writing:"

Need to write a paper in APA style?  This site introduces you to APA documentation and shows useful examples:

Use the citation machine to create your references in MLA or APA style:

Jack Lynch of Rutgers University maintains an alphabetical Guide to Grammar and Style at:


The Public Speaking Crash Course: Learn by Example
Watch short video clips of famous people making mistakes in public speaking and learn how to improve your own public speaking. This site has free as well as paid public speaking courses.

9 Ways to Sound Like You Know What You You're Talking About
This article gives some good tips for anyone wanting to improve their public speaking.

Public Speaking, An Online Resources Guide
This site has apps to help with public speaking, related websites, resources for fear of public speaking, videos, and quotes for your speeches.  

The Cornerstone website has a Learning Guide for Public Speaking that includes speech writing, dealing with stage fright, tips for public speaking and the importance of public speaking.  

The Virginia Tech site has many resources for making presentations and speeches. 

The Job Interview site has a collection of links to material on public speaking and dealing with the fear of public speaking:

Visit the Public Speaking Web site to learn how to assess, analyze, research, organize and deliver your speech: 

Study Guides and Strategies provides some brief, but important tips for public speaking:

Access the best speeches made in history at the History Channel Web site:  

Learn about tips for improving your speeches or join the Toastmasters at: