this is how I take my notes for Calculus II. enjoy!
- attend your lecture
- designate a notebook, only for lecture notes. I recommend using a notebook with graph paper, but lined works too. it really doesn’t matter.
- take your notes in pen! I know it’s weird to use a pen in a math class, but pencil fades and using a pen makes you confident
- use only a maximum of two pens! I usually only use one, but using two helps differentiate two functions when graphing them
- when working a problem, if you need to write in an extra step or make a side note to explain what you did, DO IT!
- professors work the problem while talking so, on the board, they only show their steps and they usually skip basic algebra steps. If you need to see those basic algebra steps to understand the lesson better, then add it in to your notes.
2. REWRITING YOUR NOTES
- my lecture notes are always messy, so i rewrite them on loose leaf graph paper ON THE SAME DAY!
- rewrite your notes in pen!
- use a different color pen to write in those side notes from your lecture; highlight all equations
- after I’ve rewritten my lecture notes, I place them in a binder, number them and update my index
- at the front of you binder, create an index, contents page, etc. where you can add the title of your notes (ex. 10.1 integrals) with its corresponding page number
- this makes referencing back to any method so much easier
3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
- all of my homework is online, so I use my lecture notebook to work out my homework problems
- when doing my homework problems, I make note of any problems that I didn’t fully understand or that I found incredibly difficult
- I just put a question mark by the problem number in my notebook
- after I’ve completed my homework, I go back to the problems I had trouble with and rework it to try and understand it better
- after I completely understand it, then I rewrite it on loose leaf graph paper and add it to my notes that correspond with that section or lesson
- I usually review my homework problems when the test date is coming up. I find this is a great way of studying.
- after all my notes and homework problems have been rewritten, I go back through all my notes and make notecards
- I make notecards of all my equations, methods, theorems, special integrals, derivatives and integrals of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, etc. that I find in my notes
- I make the notecards when the exam is coming up because it is another study method
all the love.