Even though I am just a grade 9 student, I do have a few things to say about note taking. In this post, I will show you some tips on taking notes. Note taking helps you do well in school especially studying for tests. With the help of Chapman University’s site, I was able to show you some of the tips and tricks that help me take better notes, and I thought of sharing them with you guys, so here they are!
Don’t Write Every Single Word: It’s hard to write down everything being presented to you because, after a while, you will fall behind. Instead, write down the main idea, listen what is being said about that idea, and jot down key points of the main idea.
Organize Your Notes: Try to keep your notes neat and organized, if you don’t have time to do this during class, you can redo or organize your notes a bit more so that you can find everything easily when it comes to studying for a test.
Use Symbols and Abbreviations: Sometimes when you take notes, you won’t have time to write full sentences or words, so instead you can use abbreviations and even make up your own as well. Some examples are, “=” for “equals”, “w/” for “with”, “+” for “and”.
Use Colors: Highlight or color words that are important to make them stand out, so when exam time comes, you know what the main ideas are and what you need to know about them.
Use Your Own Words: Try to put your notes in your own words, especially if you are taking notes from a textbook because later on when you go through your notes, you will remember and understand the information better. It will also take less time and space to take notes.
Missing Information: If you forget to write down something or missed what your teacher said, don’t worry. Leave some space to add in information, and ask either your teachers or classmates for the material you missed.
Review Your Notes: Note taking has one purpose and that is to help you remember information. You should review your notes once in a while to revise what you learned and if you come across something you are not sure about, it won’t be too late to ask your teacher about it.
What do you think about these tips? Let me know if they help you too. Don’t hesitate to comment any tips that helped you take better notes!