The taking of margin notes is a strategy that focuses your attention on important information from the textbook, novels, or articles that you are reading. Because it involves tagging key words or phrases to anchor your notes as you read, margin note taking is an active reading strategy where you process information (even more active than just highlighting). When you are done with a chapter or book, your margin notes can be extracted or accessed to provide a summary of the important information you found while reading - that extracted material can then be used to check your own learning or as a review for texts.
|Activity Continuum for Reading|
|More Passive<----------------||--------------->More Active|
|Just Reading||Active Reading||Highlighting (effective)||Margin Notes||Full Notes|