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Top 10 Note-Taking Tips
#1 Don’t overdo it
When taking notes make sure that you focus on the important information. Instead of just writing everything down, not all information is needed or even important.
#2 Ask Questions
If you do not understand the information provided in your course, don’t ever hesitate to ask questions. It is better to understand the information provided during the lecture, then to not understand the lecture information provided and fail the exam.
#3 Keep Notes Simple
By using methods like rhymes, acronyms and my personal favorites mapping and of course folding the paper in half and creating an outline on the right hand side, while placing the notes on the left.
#4 Compare Notes
It is okay when working as a group or even when you are not working as a group to compare notes. This gives you the assurance that you are a) on the same page as your other classes and b) that you are focusing and grasping the key points or information needed to be successful in the course as well.
#5 Write down key facts
Most professors or teachers will let you know by giving hints, using characters such as checks or even *’s to distinguish key points. So it is very important to take these points in consideration while studying since about 90% of the key points is on the exam.
#6 Re-write your notes
This helps keep the information fresh in your mind, I find that if I re-write my notes a few times it is easier for me to remember the information for the exam.
#7 Stay organized
I find myself unorganized at times and writing notes everywhere, so with that in mind. It is very important to stay organized the simplest way to do so is to use one notebook. That is the best way to go J
#8 Tape record your lecture
I love to do this because it is so important to make sure I do not miss any important information or key points. Plus it is just nice to have the information again as a refresher and also because you never know what information you may have missed during the lecture.
#9 Use colors
I love to use colors pens and highlighters it makes it easier to distinguish key points, notes and other information that is important for the course.
#10 Review notes right after class
This is so important to keep the information fresh in your mind. What I normally do is just read the notes swiftly almost like skimming through the pages of the book. It makes it easier for me to comprehend the information and like always it keeps the information fresh in my mind. This is the best method for retaining information that is useful in the course. For math related courses I like to redo the questions over and over, that way I understand the formula as well as the concept.