Tips on Good Note-Taking
We’ve all been there, stuck on how to write our notes. Should we write everything on the board? Only write paragraphs? How about a list? Taking effective notes not only helps retain information, but breaks concepts down into manageable parts. While notes can vary from class to class, there are several different ways to make notes easier to comprehend.
- Highlight: Buy some quality highlighters in various colors to make your notes “pop!” Be sure to highlight key terms, important ideas, and main concepts.
- Underline: Underlining subtopics and sections helps break down notes into manageable sections, as well as emphasize key terms, which helps when it is time for review later on.
- Use a Red Pen: Studies show that writing notes in red pen helps retain information much better than writing in pencil!
- Summarize: Instead of writing word-for-word, only write down the key points of the topic. Then, as needed, clarify by writing additional info. If there’s something you don’t understand, be sure to write more on that topic.
- Draw Diagrams: Sometimes, visual diagrams can replace extensive writing! Visual aids help in placing complex concepts into easy diagrams, especially for science topics.
- Write Neatly: Instead of rewriting notes twice to make it neater, writing clear notes the first time can save hours. Don’t rush; it will also give you extra time to help fully understand the concepts!