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This masterpost has been done over and over again to the point that you probably have this iconic list memorized. 

Since this is the case, I don’t want to bore anyone with the same old explanations and instead give you some information you haven’t heard/read yet.

So to begin, I’ll start with what to include in your notes and explain exactly why doing this is helpful.

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Notes are meant to be reviewed, the sole purpose of notes is to use them as a study method. However, many people miss the target altogether when writing out their own notes and make it much more difficult to revise them later on.

S T E P 1 : H E A D E R S

Most textbooks will make their topics and subtopics very evident in order to keep students “interested” and focused on reading the passage. In general, it makes the textbook more organized and easier to read. We want exactly this for our notes so we include headers and sub headers to help as a guide later on.

S T E P 2 : A B B R E V I A T I O N S

It is good to set up your own personal abbreviations especially for note-taking. It’s already difficult as it is trying to follow along with a teacher’s presentation so make it easier on yourself by incorporating them.

o Examples:

  • Ex. | Example
  • Imp. | Important
  • Info. | Information
  • w/ | With
  • w/o | Without
  • Pg. | Page
  • Govt. | Government
  • b/c | Because

S T E P 3 : T W O  C O L U M N

This is a method of note-taking I took from Cornell Notes. If you are familiar with them then you know that CN include two columns: one for the main information and another for questions to ask yourself later on. In the picture at the end you will see how I used this method slightly differently so that I could create a form of sub headers in the first column. Like I said, we want to be able to easily read our notes and I found that this was most helpful in doing so. Every time I went back to them it was given that I could just glance at the left column to find the information I wanted.

S T E P 4 : B U L L E T  P O I N T S

This one has probably been mentioned numerous times already so I’ll try not to drag this one on. Bullet points basically just make it easier to read the notes. When you search online for ways to make your acne go away do you read the article with paragraphs first or do you resort to the article with bullet points? Bullet points all the way. It’s easier to register the information in your mind and just makes it quicker to skim through your notes as well.

S T E P 5 : H I G H L I G H T I N G  S Y S T E M

One of the first things I do at the beginning of each school year is create a key for my highlighters. Having a set color for each part of your notes allows you to have a better understanding of your own notes and is great for directing you through them afterwards.

o Examples:

  • Green | Vocab
  • Orange | Topic
  • Blue | Subtopic
  • Purple | Title
  • Yellow | Chapter  #
  • Pink | Imp. Info.

Putting it all together, you get much simpler and extremely helpful notes! For reference, these are the ones I used to create this list:

So that’s the basics! There is so much more to note-taking, however, true to the title, these are only the basics! I will go more in depth about notes for certain classes, different types of notes, textbook and class notes, and much much more later on in the series. Please do look forward to them! Check out the rest of the series and what I have planned here.

-much love, studyessie ♡

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