2.26.17 // Breakdown of my changes in note-taking over ~ one year.
Pictures 1-3: Summer 2016
• Summary: Taking one summer course - Calculus 1. First upper level math course. Not too rough, but not too easy. Handwriting wasn’t consistent, depended on mood. Studied with a study group after class each day.
• Final Grade: A
• Pros: Neat, aesthetically pleasing, in depth.
• Cons: Impractical for tougher or more fast-paced courses, inconsistent handwriting, inconsistent structure
Pictures 4-6: Fall 2016
• Summary: Stress. Low GPA. Dropped courses. Overwhelmed. Unable to recall most information. Original schedule included organic chem, physics 1, calculus 2, statistics, biology 2, organic lab and biology lab.
• Semester GPA: 1.80
• Cumulative GPA: 3.19
• Pros: Neat, consistent handwriting, very in-depth, consistent structure, easy to follow
• Cons: VERY impractical for upper level courses generally speaking, too much attention to detail (distracts from main points), time-consuming, couldn’t take good notes in class, felt like reviewing a textbook
Pictures 7-10: Current, Spring 2017
• Summary (so far): Schedule consists of organic chemistry, calculus 3, physics 2, physics 2 lab, organic lab, and physics 311. Much less stress. Time management improvement. Easier to retain and recall information. Less time studying. Good lecture notes.
• Grades so far: A in organic, C in physics 2, ~B in physics 311, unsure about others.
• Pros: Consistent handwriting between notes, consistent structure, in-depth without too much detail, very easy to locate information, practical for in-class note taking and for revisions, less time writing notes, pays attention to key points
• Cons: handwriting not as neat, could be a bit more planned out, needs to be more concise
Comparison: My newest notes don’t have the same nuance as my older ones (the handwriting isn’t as neat and consistent, less aesthetically pleasing, less rigid structure, less in depth), but the delivery of information has improved tenfold. I traded the time-consuming, perfectly neat handwriting for quick, comfortable handwriting. With less attention to unimportant details, I can focus more on the information at hand and cover more in a shorter span of time. Hopefully my note-taking continues to improve!