More Ways to Take Notes & Study Vocabulary Words

Through our SOAR® Study Skills book we describe a simple and efficient system for taking notes in class and studying those notes outside of class. There are, however, some additional note-taking formats, such as concept webs (great for learning science or math vocabulary) and graphic organizers. Below you will find a description of concept webs and graphic organizers, as well as some resources to help you get started using either method.

Concept Webs

A concept web is a type of diagram that shows relationships between concepts. Concept webs are perfectly suited for learning vocabulary words. Concept maps are excellent tools for students of all ages, from pre-primary to med school!

A format most ideal for developing general vocabulary and literary comprehension can be found here: click here.

A format for learning technical vocabulary, such as in science or math, is illustrated in this video, below:

Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers are a visual representations of the material a student is learning. The organizer assists the student in brainstorming and/or organizing information to make it easier to understand how concepts connect to one another.

For printable and reproducible textbook graphic organizer, click here.

If you are interested in additional graphic organizers, check out


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