Monday, 11 May 2015

Hints on Note-taking

If there is one thing that will always help an interpreter is knowing how to take notes more efficiently, what obviously includes taking notes quicker.

We have tested some of the shorthand methods that they suggest and we are convinced that they really do not work, since when we time it, it usually takes us longer to write using their methods, not shorter.

Some hints presented in these sources are, however, very good. One of them is practicing how to write in a smaller way because writing quickly does obviously have to do with how long we take to draw the letters when we write each word and if we can write in a smaller space, we are obviously saving ink and time, since our hand will have to move less from beginning to end of each word than it normally would.

If we could write by means of ideograms and each ideogram had a basic idea, common to our assignments, that would obviously make it all easier. For that to work to perfection, we would have to specialize in a topic, so say CENTRELINK. 

If we do not specialize in a topic, it is likely that people vary the way they say things and our accuracy rate would decrease with that.

Once we did a course on Dynamic Reading. One of the hints was imagining things in our heads, one on top of the other, so that we could have the sequence of reading, or the sequence of things that have been presented to us, in our memory: If the person had said horse, then clown, then chair, then house, for instance, we would see all that in our heads, one on top of the other, as they say these things not to forget and to be able to repeat them in the right order. 

Oh, well, at least that is how we remember this part of the course, an exercise.

Another good hint we got from the websites here suggested is skipping the letter e. That is probably because it takes us longer to write the letters with loops, so say A, B, M, N, and etc. We are not so sure that this is a good idea. 

We feel that we would have to coordinate a research group on the topic to know what works and then be able to help us better, but you can also study things yourself using these sources and the reasoning we here present. 

When you have conclusions, please e-mail us and we will gladly add those (mentioning your name) to this page.

- We have just tested a few variations of grip (lower, higher, holding the pen with the middle finger, holding the pen with the ring finger, supporting the index finger in pensile grip, not supporting, stretching the rest of the hand to the back or tensioning it) and concluded that we get more speed from holding the pen on the lowest part of it, by the beak. That seems to be scientifically sound because we would have to make less effort to move it. If we hold it too close to the end, however, we get less speed, so that there is an optimal distance, which is reached between the start of the beak and the end of it. We also get more speed from holding it in pensile movement (Piaget), and therefore utilizing our index and thumb. The rest of the hand supporting all is a good move and improves speed.
- We also tested angles (inclined, straight, to right, and to left) and got completely convinced that the quickest writing comes from the straightest, but not straight, angles. Also, not to the left or right, but to the middle, if possible.Also, the pen should point backwards, not frontwards, for optimal writing in terms of speed and clarity, since we obviously want to be able to read what we write.
- We have not performed any tests on type of cartridge, but simple reasoning made us conclude that rollerball pens would be the most advisable if we want to gain in speed. Basically, a ballpoint pen should keep the ball literally without rolling, and, therefore, should present more difficulties to us because we then have to move our hands and have no help of the pen. The same would happen with the old ink pen.
- As another point, we should write quicker if having a smaller ball to count on, since we then should have less spread of ink, more definition, and can therefore be freer to write less. We should also be able to write in smaller size, what, as our sources here say, should improve our efficiency.
- As for the smaller writing, interesting enough: Our columns system (Columns System) should automatically force us to decrease the size of our handmade fonts.

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