Effective note-taking skills will serve you well in all areas of life - education, work, Bible study, even leisure time. Here are some tips to help you effectively use the simple 3 x 5 blank notecard!

Classical Skills Taking Notes

While note-taking can occur on individual sheets of paper, a spiral bound notebook, on a handout or even in a book, using blank notecards is a cost-effective, flexible way to learn and record notes.



Do not let kindness and truth leave you;

Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart.


- Proverbs 3:3 



Start with a blank notecard - it's obvious that there are 2 sides - a blank side and a lined side.


We'll call the blank side the FRONT and we'll call the lined side the BACK.


Classical Skills Notecard Front




Classical Skills Notecard Back


Generally, you place your term on the FRONT.

It's usually the "new word" or unfamiliar idea when you're beginning to learn a new subject or skill.

Classical Skills Notecard Term



On the BACK, you'll provide a succinct definition or the main concepts about that new word or term. 

Classical Skills Notecard Definition



However, notice on both the front and the back, there are 4 other areas where you also may record information.

That's potentially 8 more pieces of information to help you learn your topic!


Classical Skills Notecard Front cornersClassical Skills Notecard Back corners 








 Utilize these areas to note a broader category, a page number, a chapter - basically, any information that will help you to reference the material in the future.


Here are some example cards:


Classical Conversations Foundations example


Classical Skills Notecard Front Foundations Geography

Classical Skills Notecard Back Foundations Geography




 Encourage your Masters level Foundations students to make their own Memory Work cards each week!




Classical Conversations Essentials example


Classical Skills Notecard Front Essentials

Classical Skills Notecard Back Essentials




 Encourage your Essentials students to make their own EEL and IEW cards each week!



Classical Conversations Challenge A example


Classical Skills Notecard Front Ch A Latin

Classical Skills Notecard Back Ch A Latin




 There is so much grammar in Challenge A.

Encourage your students to make their own cards for Latin or any other subject!




Classical Conversations Challenge B example


Classical Skills Notecard Front Ch B Logic

Classical Skills Notecard Back Ch B Logic




 The year-long study of Formal Logic in Challenge B lends itself to plenty of notecards!




Learn Something New example


Classical Skills Notecard Front DigLogic

Classical Skills Notecard Back DigLogic




 Learning anything new is easy when you make notecards!


Commit anything to memory using notecards.

The most beneficial information to memorize is Scripture!


"Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You."

- Psalm 119: 11 



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