Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Senior Education Outreach Officer at the University of Leeds


  • Hello everyone. Welcome to our 'Skills to Succeed at University' course.

  • How confident do we feel so far about thinking critically? Has anyone found any challenges?

  • Interpreting the work of a range of sources is a great way to have a wide and varied amount of research to support/criticise a topic or question. It's really important that we analyse and evaluate the author's argument to determine the reliability of the information.

  • Thank you for your comment Joel. I definitely agree. It's vital that we do not take things at face value, and we evaluate the reliability of the research we engage with.

  • I personally find using headings and subheadings to break my notes into sections really helpful. It allows me to organise my notes into clear categories, that make it much easier to reflect on in future. Does anyone else have any preferences when it comes to note making?

  • I'm glad you've found the SMART technique useful! If we are able to set realistic objectives that can be measured, it makes it much easier to evaluate the success of the targets we set. Best of luck for the target setting Olaoluwa!

  • Hi Laura, that's a really important point. It's important that your notes provide a concise and understandable overview of the topic. This will make it much easier to revisit the information later on.

  • Hi Andrea, I hope you're enjoying the course so far. The 'Linear Method' is a very popular form of note making. A good skill to remember is to be mindful of keeping your notes clear and concise. It might be useful to reflect on your previous notes to determine whether they are clear and provide enough key information to you about the topic area.

  • Hi David, I hope you're enjoying the course so far. The use of abbreviations can help manage the amount of time you spend making notes. The key is that the abbreviations used are consistent and understandable to the note maker.