My note taking has changed and varied a lot over the years in school. But I now know how I best learn and having the right kind of notes for my learning style is key. I need colour, I need brightness and highlighted areas. I usually start by reading the chapter all the way through highlighting in the book the areas I think are important or likely to come up in the exam. I then move on to writing out in my own words the important highlighted areas on a few A4 sheets. I then go back over those sheets rewriting them in different colours and cutting it down more and more. Until one chapter in the book is now just one A4 sheet.
I've taught mind-mapping skills in learning support as well as in the mainstream class and it's always worked well. It's quite a popular idea with the pupils as well the parents. It's something fun and keeps the pupils thinking and busy linking ideas and thoughts. Including the artistic elements of drawing little images helps too I think. Parents realise mind-mapping is a life skill I think and know it will stand to them in the future especially at second level, where the essays mount up and planning them in a mind-map is so much easier and really saves time.
Course there are other ways to take notes other then the Hellie Way. I'm not saying they're wrong but you know my way is best (in my opinion) and I'm naturally going to suggest you all try that! Hehehe anyone who knows me knows I firmly believe and push you to find your own way to learn and take notes. This is just my way, the way that works best for me. How I Learn includes so many other ways to think about note taking and learning that I do recommend you have a look through it! Of course I do, How I Learn is my baby!