Linear notetaking - (previous generation notetaking) one single technique, with no additional features. It was developed over 2,000 years ago and has one function: it records information, either spoken or written, verbatim or part verbatim. Using this technique, you record information in sentences or part sentences, in a number of possible formats, (for example either left to right, right to left, top to bottom, across the page and down), depending on how you’ve been taught. But whichever way you do it, your notes take a linear format. This technique, whether handwriting or typing, dictates your primary focus the moment you start using it: the passive recording of information as accurately as you can.

SmartWisdom – (next generation notetaking) is made up of two techniques which were developed over 20 years, starting in the mid 1990’s. SmartWisdom is specifically designed to help us effectively and easily manage 21st century information and information overload. SmartWisdom recognises that we need one technique to manage information provided by from others (this technique needs to be fast and flexible). And we need one technique to manage our own thinking (this technique needs to be structured to optimise the thought process, the quality of ideas/information generated and the immediate usability of that information)

SmartWisdom is also designed to optimise the cognitive capabilities of our human brain. To achieve this, a unique template has been designed to give us real-time access to up to two hours’ worth of information. The SmartWisdom writing process is simplified. A SmartWisdom technique helps us to listen, filter and capture information. The final part of this process allows us to immediately create a knowledge structure with clearly defined hierarchies, which improves - then further improves - our understanding, analysis and recall. A four-colour system helps us analyse either content or time. A unique coding system was designed to help us capture our own thinking and information easily, such as questions, ideas and actions, to reduce our cognitive load so that we can perform better and to increase our accessibility of this information real-time. A unique questioning technique was developed to help us work with others, which adds value for both ourselves and our colleagues. We use this same questioning technique to optimise and organise our thinking. We developed a new terminology, so instead of notetaking we harvest knowledge, creating a new mindset for what we are focused on achieving. Advanced users can deploy further techniques to manipulate and restructure information real-time, helping us optimise our opportunities for further thinking, analysis and questioning consistently and at speed. There is also guidance on how we can apply SmartWisdom to every aspect of the learning process and for managing information at work in meetings, interviews, presentations.

Most importantly, the moment we use SmartWisdom, we automatically trigger one primary focus using the technique, either with pen and paper or on an electronic device. This primary focus allows us to achieve the very highest level of real- time comprehension of the knowledge we are harvesting, in a format that we can access and use real-time. Our real-time comprehension has been tested in academic studies and it scores 20% to23% higher than that of people who use linear notetaking. Put another way, all these features and benefits are the equivalent of driving a red Ford car built in 1970 and a red Ferrari built in 2020.