my notes

Vocabulaire français

prouesse (nf) - prowess, exploit, achievement

incongru (adj) - incongruous, odd, out of place

seau (nm) - bucket, pail

ne pas en revenir (exp) - to not be able to get over it

obnubiler (v) - to obsess

en contrebas (exp) - below, further down

dévolu (adj) - destined, intended, reserved

minutieusement (adv) - meticulously, carefully

prévaloir sur (v) - to prevail over

déshérité (adj) - deprived, underprivileged, disadvantaged

Words taken from: Un été d'amour et de cendres - Chapitre 7

Vocabulaire français

quoi qu'il arrive - whatever happens, come what may

peu importe - no matter what, regardless of [sth]

en raison de - on account of, because of, owing to

d'autant que - especially as, particularly as, as far as

pour autant que - as far as

de bonne heure - early, at an early hour

entre-temps - in the meantime, meanwhile

jusqu'au bout - to the very end

en fin de compte - in the end

au juste - exactly

avec fougue - passionately, with spirit

How I Take Notes

I wanted to record the way I take my notes for people who follow me and wonder what I mean when I “re-write” my notes or if people just want to learn multiple ways to take notes.

So before I begin on the somewhat lengthy note-taking process, I want to go over what I use to take notes. These include:

  1. At least 4 highlighters
  2. A pen with a thick tip
  3. A pen with a thin tip
  4. A mechanical lead pencil (0.5 lead or 0.7 lead. I found that 0.9 is too thick and takes up a lot of room)
  5. An eraser
  6. Colored pens/markers/pencils

Now onto the writing the notes aspect of this all!

  1. Usually to start, I do any worksheet or drafting on a different sheet of paper. These notes are very messy and unorganized, with sloppy yet readable handwriting that I only use for jotting down notes. Most of these are on single sheets of paper for easy storage in a “Draft” binder, which holds all of the draft worksheets and essays. Why save all of these dirty drafts? In case you lose your notes in the future, or the worksheet you later wrote on gets lost, you always have a backup to hand in (even if it is a messy version!). My favorite teacher, Mrs. Adams, once told me to save every piece of work you use and then pick and choose what to save after the year was over. Ever since then, I’ve been doing that, and boy has it saved my butt multiple times!
  2. After I finish up the worksheet or notes in this messy form, I then get my subject book (for subject books, I get a single-subject, spiral-bound notebook, wide-ruled so I can make good and detailed small examples) and copy the notes and important information into it. These notes are very neat. Usually they are set up with the title of the unit at the top, with major topics have a section dedicated to them with bullet point underneath what describe it, show examples, and how they are related to the topic.
  3. If it’s a worksheet, I then copy my writing from the other piece of paper onto the actual sheet for turning-in. Having an extra copy means that if the homework gets lost, you can still turn in something, but also that you have something to follow during class discussion if your teacher/professor doesn’t get to grading them before the actual note-taking comes into play. I also help guide your notes.
  4. If there are diagrams I need to remember or a character web, I like to either use post-it notes or white sheets of paper that I cut into smaller pieces and then paste into my notebook. These are drawn once and very neatly so that I don’t have to redo them. This is when the colored pencils and pens come into handle with color-coding the parts of a brain or something of that sort. Remember to make a color-coded key so that you remember what the color mean!
  5. After all of this, when we complete finish the unit, I copy all my notes (either by taking pictures of my notebook or typing them up) I put them onto my laptop in folders of that subject within another folder of the years (Ex. 2014-2015) of that school year. This helps with organizing notes and making sure that you have them all in open place for traveling study instead of carrying around 12 notebooks. Since my laptop is a Surface Pro 3, I like to write all my notes in the OneNote program and re-draw the diagrams with even more reference by copying image diagrams and pictures. This is very, very helpful! If you don’t have OneNote, I suggest Google Docs to type up notes and add pictures. Both are online, so accessible from difference laptops and computers, and well as on your phone, and also they’re neater and you can help your friends by sending the copies!

So there you go! My note-taking process written down. I hope this helps anyone having trouble with their own notes for would like to get ideas off of my process! Thanks for reading, please like/reblog if this was helpful or interesting!

“Có người hỏi tôi: Chia tay lâu như vậy rồi, có còn nhớ người yêu cũ không?  

Biết nói sao nhỉ, nếu như nói có thì có vẻ đa tình, còn nếu nói không thì rất tuyệt tình.  Có thể nói thế này: Khi đi trên đường, vô tình đụng vào cây cột điện, rất đau. Từ đó về sau khi đi thì luôn tránh cây cột điện ra. Rất lâu sau đó cũng quên mất mình từng bị đau, nhưng mà cây cột điện thì vẫn cứ nằm chỗ đó…”

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