To start off the week, today’s post is going to be all about note-taking. As a student, I take notes all day, every day. Developing good habits will make notes more useful for you when it comes time to study. Here are some tips to help make your notes as clear and helpful as possible:
- Write the date on every page: This is a simple task that will make your notes a lot more organized. If you’re looking for a specific time during the year, for example, the week you were sick and missed some information, your notes will already be labeled for you.
- Highlight important information: If you are a visual learner, this is a great trick. Highlighting important definitions, key points, and main ideas will help the important information stand out.
- Use headings/subheadings: Using titles will help keep your notes organized. If you just want to review one section of a chapter, it will be easy to find. This is also super helpful for open-note quizzes.
- Leave spaces in between sections: Leave an empty line in between sections to visually separate the ideas.
- Annotate notes: When your teacher is lecturing, go through your notes and annotate them with important points that might not already be in your notes.
- Add pictures/diagrams/graphs: If you’re discussing a specific piece of artwork, print out a picture and paste it into your notes; if you’re studying a graph, draw a picture of it on the page. These images will break up the words and visually represent the information you’re writing down.
- Condense notes into a study guide: Before a major test, go through your notes and condense the important information into a study guide. This is a great way to review information and make sure it is fresh in your mind.
- Use bullet points: Rather than writing detailed sentences, distribute your information in bullet points to make sure you get all the information written down.
- Write a summary of every chapter: At the end of each chapter, write a short summary of the information. That way, if you want an easy review, you won’t have to read over all your notes, just the main ideas.
- Leave space in the margins for questions: Leave some space to jot down ideas you don’t quite understand or questions you have, and make sure you ask about these points when you’re in class!
I hope you find this post helpful! Happy note-taking! 🙂
Wishing you all a great week! Thanks for reading.
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