hi all! this is a compilation of my favorite note taking methods, complete with my thoughts, references and tips!
lecture notes are the notes you take while sitting in class, listening to the professor talk or present a slide show. these, at least for me, are messy and barely legible, but that’s okay! you’re trying to get down all the points the professor is going over quickly, and worrying about aesthetic is only going to be a hindrance. for speed, i would recommend using bullet points and subpoints, nothing fancy. afterwards, when you get home, you can rewrite them so everything is clear and concise, the important things stand out, and they look pretty and colorful, if that’s something that’s important to you.
one of my favorite methods, outlining gives you a good overview of the topic, but you can also go into detail! I mainly use this for textbook note-taking, but it can also work well in lectures.
my ap euro textbook notes (from my studygram oops)
the cornell method:
i used cornell notes in ap human geography freshman year, and they worked pretty well for me! it’s a very flexible system, and asking questions about the material definitely helps synthesize it. i would recommend this system while taking notes from a text, but it can work for lecture notes too!
use flashcards for vocab words, practice problems, or small concepts. they’re best used when you just need to memorize things.
mindmaps are awesome for analyzing the relationships between concepts in a subject, so i would highly recommend them for history classes! (you can, however, use them in any subject!). these aren’t the best to use while being exposed to the material for the first time, but while studying/reviewing.
general/misc notes references: