What's a "short note?" I've seen quite a few people asking for "short notes."  I've never heard the term, I'm assuming it's something used in other countries but not in the US.  Can someone define it for me?

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I usually just answer as briefly as possible. We are not supposed to do a student's work directly anyway. I have noticed that there are a lot of questions about India on enotes. Sometimes I feel like I don't know enough about Indian education to really help them all.
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I must admit we don't use this term educationally in Britain - but from the description in #4 I guess it is synonymous with a summary, which seems to possess many of the characteristics of a "short note". What is used instead of a short note to describe this task in the States or Canada? Is it summary like we use in Britain?

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Short notes is a phrase frequently used in India in educational institutes. It means a short description on any given subject. The subject could be any kind of topic such as a person, a thing, a happening, or an idea.

As the name implies, the short note is rather brief and is not expected to cover the subject in detail. There are no fixed guidelines on the length of a short note. But I would say that about 200 words would be adequate in most of the cases, 500 words will be rather long, and a 1000 words write-up would perhaps be too long for a short note.

The appropriate length of short note will definitely depend on the subject to be covered. In addition, the time available to write it, and marks assigned to it in an exam are also important criteria.

As an example, this post by me, can be called a short note on "short notes".

Ah... just what I was looking for.  Thank you!

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Thanks, but I get the feeling it's a technical term.  Otherwise I don't imagine so many people would ask for them.  I was hoping someone who actually asks for short notes (and therefore knows for sure) would tell me ...

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There are several possibilities, but since this site deals with academic issues, I assume that the short notes to which you are referring is literally short notes. Rather than write complete sentences about the topic over which the notes are being made, shorter, more concise notes are taken. For example:

shortnotes:

·         several poss.

·         lit. short

·         no sent.

·         notes are

o   short

o   concise

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