Studying, Taking Notes
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Taking Notes: Things to Keep in Mind

Hey everyone!¬†These kinds of posts seem to be the most popular and requested posts all in all, so let’s focus a little bit on the tips now ūüôā

With the school year rapidly gaining speed, I think this is as good a time as any to review some tips on taking notes by hand, in class. It’s one thing to type on the computer, where the only option to do it quickly is with an outline method. When using a journal, however, we have more freedom about how and where to write things down, which note-taking system to use, etc. No matter what the¬†preferred way is, there are some things I like to keep in mind when starting a new class.

Taking Notes- keep in mind

1. Figure Out Your Method.

~There are several ways of structuring your notes. Here are a couple to get some ideas, but a simple Google search can really expand on that.

2. Keep the Structure

~ Once you pick something you like and try it out for a couple of lectures, it’s important to maintain that structure. Otherwise notes will be disorganized and will be hard to focus on the actual info

3. Highlight and Comment Later

~We all like to highlight and use pretty pens, make the class notes look perfect from the very start. I found that for me personally, leaving the highlighting and marking of notes till the evening actually helps with studying and is a good reason to review those notes afterwards. Not only will simply rereading those notes help the new info settle better, but also you can take your time with the marking of the text.

4. Look Up What You Don’t Get

~If you missed something in the lecture or simply don’t understand what the professor is saying, don’t be afraid to raise your hand to clarify. Even if it seem¬†like a silly, awkward thing to do at the moment,¬†no question is stupid enough when studying.¬†You’re learning stuff to gain knowledge, not to look good in front of people. So ask away. And if this problem comes up during a review, take the time to reread the section in the textbook or look it up on the internet!

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I am a student at UW-Seattle, exploring study strategies, constantly getting organized and fighting procrastination.

  • Great advice about highlighting and commenting later to make sure you consolidate what you’ve wrote down. I’ve not done that before but definitely need to start doing so!