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