So, as you probably know, chemistry is one of the subjects I have more difficulties with. I love the subject (I am going to study biochemistry), but I have the slightest dyslexia, so I tend to screw up at the mathematical part: doing problems, etc. Chem is also a subject you need to fully understand before you are able to tackle any problems-or anything, really.
Here come the notes you asked about.
I try and be as organised as possible in the subjects I’m worse at, so I bought a binder just for my chemistry notes, which I always left at home so I didn’t lose it. I filed it throughout the year using notes that mixed:
-NOTES I TOOK IN CLASS:
*All formulas the teacher wrote in the blackboards, which I checked twice and underline several times so I don’t lose them.
*Examples and exercises the teacher does/correct on the blackboard: these seem perfectly clear in class, as you watch the teacher do them. At home, when you try and tackle a similar exercise, if you don’t have any solve examples, you are screwed.
*Other important stuff: you very likely have a text book/powerpoint/other printed/digital material: you don’t have to physically write down everything the teacher says: just the important stuff. As I said, I mainly wrote only examples down, because they are what helps me understand stuff the most. I usually wrote down the most important points too, in sort of an schematic way. The most important thing you can do during a chem class is pay attention so you understand everything, so I just write down the essentials.
-NOTES FROM TEXTBOOK/POWERPOINT/OTHER MATERIAL:
*This one is easier: make sure you know what is important for the curriculum and if you can just skip any parts. Read those parts anyway: thay might help you gat a better insight.
*If you know what you have to study and what you do not, summarize the parts that are important, and mix them up with the notes you took in class. You are supposed to know where to put everything if you understood everything well enough.
-SOME EXAMPLE EXERCISES: apart from the ones the teacher makes, I do one or two exercises related to the part I’m summarising the same day. That way the knowledge settles better, and I make sure I understand it. I also can ask the teacher next day if I have any issues.
One important thing is to make the important parts stand out: I write the definitions and principles I have to learn in a different colour and mark their sides red, and I do the same with the formulas. I later write both the formulas and the definitions in separate flashcards.
Summing up+extra advice:
-Class notes can be dirty and messy: the important thing is to make them as clear and concise as possible, and to understand what you are writing down.
-The notes you take at home have to be done as soon as possible so you don’t forget why you only wrote xyz on your class notes, or how the teacher solved that exercise.
-The notes you take at home have to be clean. Not necesarily aesthetical, but tidy enough for you to be able to use them as guidelines. Honestly: I have never used a textbook to revise for a chemistry test: I just use my notes.
I have luckily kept all of my chemistry notes from last year: here you have a picture of one page of the notes:
Hope this helped, and if you need anything else, don’t hesitate asking/DMing me!!