Tuesday, 12 November 2013

How to take notes for school! :)

Today's post is all about how you can take notes for school! Your notes really matter when you look back at them to study for tests!

*For this post, I took a picture of a page of notes from my zoology notebook (the neatest one I could find!) and re-wrote the material in different ways so you could see the difference!*

1. Bullet points:

How: When you're teacher is speaking, write down the main heading and bullet points under that. If they introduce a sub-topic, be sure to write a heading that and continue taking down points!

  • Use different colours to write headings and/or sub-headings!
  • Use different symbols (or number the points) to indicate whether the point is a sub-point to a main one!
  • I suggest you stick to the margin instead of indenting, simply because it saves space!
Works best for: Social Studies, Biology

Is it for you? Well, if you like everything to be in a simple order, yes! If you're more of a visual learner, then keep on reading!

2. Mind maps/flowcharts:

How: Write down the main topic in the center of the page. Pick up key words that your teacher says and jot them down around the spot where you've written the main topic!

  • Don't write down too many points around the main topic - this will minimize the "cluttered" look! 
  • Keep it simple: use dashes instead of connectors, abbreviations (if you are permitted to), etc. This will help you have only the most important keywords in your notes - plus, it'll be easier to study!
  • Use arrows to connect different points or steps to make it a flowchart!
Works best for: English (character sketches)

Is is for you? Yes, especially if you are a visual learner! If you don't have a lot of material to study, this works efficiently too!

3. Q & A:

How: It's pretty self-explanatory, just write down the material in Q & A form!

  • Underline/highlight the key words in the answer - when you go through your notes later, then you can try to remember the key words & frame the rest of the answer on your own! 
  • "Star" any important questions! If your teacher is stressing on those points, it's probably important! 
  • To keep things neat and colour-coded, write the question in one colour & the answer in another!
Works best for: Subjects that require solving like Math & Physics. It even works good for Chemistry!

Is it for you? Yes, if you study by saying things out loud! If you study in groups often, it is also works great for that because you can ask each other the questions!

Those are 3 note-taking methods that are tried and tested by me! My favourite one is the Heading/Sub-heading one (#1)! Thanks a TON for reading this post!

What is your favourite method out of the three I have mentioned? Do you have another way to take notes? Leave a comment below! Also, please go ahead and subscribe/follow so you know when I post next! Thanks! 

-Kavya :)
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