All posts tagged: taking notes

FREE Note Organizer Template and Etsy Shop

Hiya! It’s been too long since I’ve posted anything, and the reason for that is thousands of pages of homework, reading and life happenings. As a treat, I present to you all more planner templates and some Etsy news! Sometime in December my genius boyfriend and I came up with some simple templates for DIY organizer type things. They’re not exactly planners, but can definitely be used for mapping out day-to-day activities, checklists and even some class specific things (see below). I’ve posted the weekly homework planning sheet in monochrome colors here. NEW: Note Template for Language Class Download it for FREE here: Language Planner Monochromo – PDF My little sister (Grade 7) and I both tested it for a few days and decided that the best use of this sheet would be either as a Study Guide template for tests or perhaps as a place to organize all notes at the end of the class. I am still a strong supporter of taking lots of messy notes in class, but at the end of the day when you review everything, …

How to Take Notes from a Textbook

Hey guys! I’ve received so many questions about reading textbooks and taking notes on that, so I am going to share with you how I do it. I like to write on the margins. Not highlight. I don’t use a special color coding technique to separate my comments from key terms from titles from definitions. My system is very simple and makes sense to me. All I use are: A pencil An eraser Small (not tiny) sticky notes To start, I think it’s important to read actively. This means to think through the material, note things you don’t understand, complete little practice problems at the end of each section and connect new concepts with each other and the old ones. The margins of my textbook are pretty thick – so thick I can fit a small 2 x 1.5 inch sticky note. On the sticky note, I write definitions and very important concepts that go with the definition. This means that I have anywhere from 2 to 6 sticky notes per page. I underline important explanations …

Small Things That Affect Your Concentration

  Humans can’t pay full attention to two things at once: it’s a fact! (Source 1, 2, 3). While we think we can do two things at the same time, like doing homework and watching a TV show- we’re actually doing neither. Thus, when there are distractions around us, we cannot fully focus on our work no matter how hard we try. Small things that we usually don’t think about affect our concentration, but are easy to control: 1. Cell Phone -put it on silent, out of reach and check only once an hour. It can totally wait and whoever texted you can wait a few minutes. 2. Mess -It sets the mood. The messier your room, the less organized YOU are! Clean and organize your desk, make your bed, and make a schedule everyday. 3. People -I’ve found that if I study at home, everyone always bothers and distracts me because they know I’m home and can answer a question, clean something, drive, etc. To avoid the same fate, go to the library! Bring …

How to Remember Your Lecture

Listen actively- think about what you’re hearing, connect new and old information and write things down in your own words Pay attention and ask questions: it helps if you understand what’s going on. Review your notes after class (in the evening) Study a little every weekend– it’s better than studying for 12 hours in 1 day.

Paper vs. iPad

Hey everyone! I received many, many questions recently regarding taking notes on paper versus on a tablet. I will be talking about an iPad in this case, because it’s the one I’m most familiar with. Taking notes on paper: + You’re able to write things down yourself, which should help remember things better + You can organize your notebook any way you like and use any note-taking technique you want + Journals aren’t very expensive! – Too many notebooks add up to a heavy backpack. – To annotate any other files, readings or powerpoints, you”’ have to print those out before class – “Should I keep my 7th grade science journal in case I need it in the future??” Um, the most important question you’ll ask yourself during spring cleaning.   Taking notes on an iPad: + You can hand write (with a stylus) or type (attachable keyboard) your notes + There are many, many apps to take notes as well as keep you organized and stay on task. + All your work can be backed …

How I plan to Study

My freshman year of college didn’t go too well for several reasons. One, I had no idea what I was getting into: how the classes go, how to prepare for them, how to set a schedule, etc. Two, I didn’t know how to study. I tried so many different things, different techniques, took notes in various ways, made flashcards. But it turned out that jumping around like that only made it worse. Without having a steady, set way to prepare for each class, I couldn’t remember the information very well and ended up not doing too hot on the tests. So now I want to actually set some goals for myself. Maybe these will be helpful to you guys too! 1) In class: Always take notes, using 1 method: Cornell, Mapping, or Outline (on paper or on an iPad) Listen actively, connect new information to something I’ve already heard or know No mindless writing: take notes in my own words. This keeps your mind working during the lecture. 2) At home: ALWAYS read textbook material before class. …

Textbook Read Tips

I got some questions recently on reading a book/textbook and taking notes. Here is the part about textbook reading, I’ll come up with novel-type book reading soon! The three main things you can do while reading a textbook are: 1) Stop highlighting and start writing things down- on margins or in a notebook. Because you’re thinking while writing, it will help you remember the information more. 2)Take concise notes, don’t include details. Key concepts and short descriptions only, no ramblings. 3) Look at the big picture. Summarize the chapters you’ve read, organize all information on paper. In the end you will know the key ideas and will just need to sort out the smaller details. Happy reading!