Class notes are a great tool when it comes to reviewing for exams and even when completing daily homework assignments. However, not all notes work well. To ensure you are taking the best notes, follow these tips.
Work on Your Penmanship
If you want your notes to be helpful when it comes time for exams, be sure you can easily read what you've written. Some students write down their notes so quickly that they forget all about penmanship. Slow down as you take notes and focus on the most important information instead of quickly trying to write everything the teacher says. If your notes are a bit messy, consider rewriting them so that they are clearer.
Keep Your Notes Organized
If you take great notes but they're scattered over various notebooks, loose sheets of notebook paper, and other spaces, chances are you won't use them. Keep your notes organized by having a separate notebook for each subject. This will make it easier to find the information you're looking for and will make your notes more useful. Don't forget to write the date and a heading each time you start taking new notes.
Be an Active Listener
A lot of students don't understand the information they are writing down while taking notes because they are so concentrated on getting everything in their notebook. As a student reviews their notes after class, they may realize they have no idea what any of it means. To avoid these type of issues, be an active listener. Listen to what the teacher is saying and only write down the most important information. To be sure you understand what you are writing, use your own words as you takes notes. If you don't understand something, ask questions until it's clear.
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