Tips on note taking

An essential part of learning as a student is being able to prepare notes from lectures and reading that can be used later on as study tools for reinforcing what you learned as well as providing you the roadmap for revising and exam preparation. And, by taking notes, it can help you get through that less-than-thrilling lecture from the professor with the monotone voice or assist you in completing all your reading. In the end, even if you might have mentally checked out to some degree during the lecture or your mind wandered during the reading process, you have notes that you took that hopefully more than make up for your mental lapses.

What are notes anyway? They are essentially short phrases or brief sentences that are intended to filter out the unnecessary and help focus on the "need to know," important data, facts, and information that has value toward the subject you are studying. Much of note taking comes down to the type of student you are – there’s the overachiever who writes down every word of the lecture or rewrites their textbook and then there’s the other end of the spectrum where a few words are scribbled down with no context for what it all means. Then, of course, there are those students somewhere in-between. To help all these students, we have compiled a set of tips that are easy to do and improve your note-taking ability to get more out of the learning process and, hopefully, provide you with a great set of notes to make revising a breeze!

Here are our top tips for note-taking:

With your reading and note-taking strategies in place, it is time to return to your mental focus and what’s going on in that gray matter of yours by looking at mind mapping and memory tools that help you cram more into that ever-expanding knowledge library in your head.

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