Notes and Quotes

Notes and Quotes


I’ve been taking notes on interesting texts since 2006. Now I am going to share the best of them with you. I will also be working on new research and the notes from that will be under this heading.

What are Notes and Quotes?

To read, one must be able to write. I’m not sure where I first heard that, but it’s an interesting idea. When I read, I typically have a notebook with me (or at least on my phone) so I can take notes as I read.  I follow a specific system for note taking and I will now elaborate on that.

System of note taking

My system of note taking has evolved over the years. From a young age my father taught me to learn how to learn. What is learning how to learn? It’s a form of meta-cognition.  My particular flavor of meta-cognition is commonly known as the Trivium Method. Some of the key aspects of this are detecting logical fallacies and being mindful of grammar. However, I think a great tool is to engage in a dialogue with the material. By writing summaries of the ideas in my own words I develop a deeper understanding of the key arguments. That is what I am sharing with you. A summary of the arguments interspersed with quotes that I believe add meaning to the dialogue.


Having an academic background means that I have embedded in my brain the power of proper referencing. This is a detailed topic, and one that I will be covering on my education site: Oz Skype Tutor, so please visit that site for more information.


I am intended this to be a valuable resource for you when engaging with complex and often difficult concepts that structure our contemporary society. I always have one eye on what I need to write on next, but your input is invaluable. Please let me know if there is a specific idea or article you would like me to write on.