How to Read, Take Notes On and Understand Journal Articles | Essay Tips

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The first pilot to my Essay Tips series! I share my method for reading and understanding a journal article or paper quickly and efficiently including how to take good, concise notes and remember useful citations.

If your method differs from mine or you think you can give me some pointers then let me know in the comments!

This is the first in a series of videos I’m hoping to produce while undertaking my PhD at the University of Exeter on tips for students at university or college whether undergraduate, postgraduate or otherwise.

Note: The programme to the left (which I highlight in) is Mendeley. Apologies for forgetting to state this in the video!!

If you’ve enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic.

My tagging system was borrowed from this article on The Thesis Whisperer:

Further Reading

The Academic Skills Handbook by Diana Hopkins and Tom Reid

The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell

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  1. Tom Nicholas says:

    Thanks for watching everyone! A bunch more of my Essay Tips videos can be found here:

  2. Matodzi Thandavhathu says:


  3. Soren Brockdorf says:

    I much prefer using my RocketBook for notes, but trying to hand write citations is a huge pain compared to typing them, I have not found a good solution yet.

  4. Jennifer Alford says:

    great video !!loving the accent as always!

  5. Baadsha Baadsha says:

    Screw that background music

  6. Claire Lune says:

    Great video, thank you. I think this method could really help me this year with my studies

  7. Corrie Rasmussen says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!!

  8. Yash Iyengar says:

    Thanks a lot for this video Tom, very helpful 🙂

  9. Ahmed Alshimmari says:

    I like when someone have a smiley face and explain same time.

  10. Katie Ellis says:

    Thank you for sharing this video! Do you also have any videos on help to write a literature review? Thanks!

  11. Argho Das says:

    Thanks mate. That really helped a lot

  12. Ásrún Birgisdóttir says:

    Just started using Evernote and this video was really helpfull

  13. Mohammed A. Raqeeb says:

    Thank you very much Sir, it's really helpful and your method is highly practical too. Big like and subscribe

  14. Nelson Cárdenas Bolaño says:

    Awesome work, is really hard to find videos like these, thanks

  15. Edward Chao says:

    What is the name of this song? I want to learn to play it

  16. Xueyan Li says:

    sooooooo many thanks to your sharing! I feel so lucky that I found your channel at the beginning of my senior year! This is life-saving!!!

  17. Eric Slyfield says:

    Using Evernote and preemptively writing your citations is actually a huge tip! I've spent way too much time at the 11th hour trying to get my references sorted. 😓

  18. Kollywood Machaan says:

    It would be better if there is no backround music

  19. Johan Karlsson says:

    Do you have a video on ever note ? 😛

  20. Johan Karlsson says:

    I will Use m was available in Swedish also 😀

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