This is how I study and take notes. I’ve adapted this system from many other tumblr posts I’ve seen, as well as from guidance from teachers in school. Hopefully you will find something useful in this post!
1. Quick Pre-Read/Annotation: Before class, quickly flip through the lesson of the day in your textbook or handouts and highlight things that jump out at you: key concepts, vocabulary words, that kind of thing. This is so you aren’t walking into a lesson completely blind and you should be able to form some questions to ask in class as well.
2. Rough Draft Notes: I bring a spiral bound notebook to each class; this notebook is for rough draft notes. Make the headline bold and include the lesson title, page numbers, and the date. Don’t worry about neatness, just try to get complete notes that you can condense and make cohesive later. Also be sure to write down any more questions that come up, so you can get them all answered sooner rather than later.
3. Annotate Further: After class but ideally on the same day, annotate your class readings or textbook and your RDN further. If this is math or science, make connections in the margin of your textbook between examples and theories or proofs. If you’re studying English, annotate for deeper concepts and meanings, as well as for syntax. Use sticky notes to write down and mark any questions you may have, as well sticky tabs to indicate pages that hold especially important information.
4. Do The Work: Work out all your math problems. Read your novel for English. Listen to Spanish radio. The only way to truly learn the material is if you practice, practice, practice. Also, I try to take full advantage of my math and science books. They’re usually filled with extra problems, projects, and pre-tests that can greatly aid in understanding the material and possibly boost your grade up a few points, as well.
5. Final Draft Notes: Mondays and Tuesdays are my “study days,” where I take my annotated readings and rough draft notes and condense them all into “final draft” notes. I find Cornell Notes to be very useful in this purpose, but any style works, really. When using the Cornell style of note taking for a final draft, i make sure the left-side questions are all deeper meaning and yet answerable, not clarifying questions that I would need to ask my teacher. If this is math, you should style your FDN like a typical textbook page: have a vocab section, multiple example problems fully worked out, and theories written out in your own words. If these are notes for a book you’re reading in English, it won’t be too different. Have a vocabulary section, a syntax section, an important quote section, and a final section with historical or outside connections that you can use when writing an essay. I store my FDN in chronological order in three ring binders divided by class that I keep on my desk at home. These are my study guides for use when writing essays, doing research projects, or studying for exams.
There you go guys, oh and also these coffee recipes might help: x