Note taking is an extremely important part of the learning process. It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to find a way to study the material later or you’re just trying to learn the material. You simply have to take good notes to learn some of the more complex concepts that people are supposed to learn in high school and/or college.
In fact, a good set of notes will not only help you do better in school, but it will also help you learn the math, English, language, science, history, and/or other similar concepts that you need to learn to enter virtually any of the careers that you may be planning to enter. Unfortunately, it is important to note that there’s a big difference between taking notes and taking good notes, and a lot of people have trouble determining whether a particular note taking strategy is a good way to take notes or not.
This means that, for you to get the most out of your notes, you have to know how to take good notes, and this is actually where this website comes in. The articles on this website are designed to teach you the note taking strategies that you need to know, to help you determine if a particular note taking strategy makes sense in a particular situation, to help you choose the note taking strategy that works best for you, and to help you determine whether a particular piece of information is important to note.
The articles on this website don’t stop there, however, as you will also find articles that are designed to help you organize your notes, to stay motivated, to review your notes, to find the review style that works for you, and to help you improve your note taking skills in a variety of other ways.
What Do I Do to Prepare for Class?
- Things You Should Bring to Class
- Finding the Key Points in a Lecture
- Things You May Not Want to Bring to Class
How Do I Take Notes in Class?
- Shorter Sentences
- How to Make Sure You Are Ready to Learn
- Write Now, Organize Later
- How Your Homework Can Help
- How to Take Notes on Visual Aids
- How to Take Notes on a Boring Subject
How Do I Get Motivated?
- The Purpose of Note Taking
- Tape Recorders
- The Importance of Motivation
- Guided Notes
- What Is My Motivation?
- Complete Lecture Notes
- Intrinsic Motivation
- Finding the Key Points in a Textbook
- Extrinsic Motivation
Note Taking Strategies
What Do I Do with My Notes after Class?
- Find Review Style that Works for You
- The Cornell Method
- How to Review Your Notes
- The Flashcard Method
- The Sentence Method
- The Two-Column Method
- The SQ3R Strategy
- The REDW Strategy
Keeping Your Notes Organized
There are a number of different things that you may have to do to take good notes. However, one of the things that you will always have to do is make sure that you have a good way to keep your notes organized. This is because you not only need to make sure that you have everything that you need to take good notes, but you also need to make sure that you can find the notes that you need when you need them. In other words, you have to have some sort of system in place to keep your notes organized, so you don’t end up wasting your time searching for the same information over and over again.
Keeping your notes organized can be difficult, especially when you’re in a rush to get everything down on paper, but there are a few simple techniques that you can use to organize your notes more effectively.
- The first technique is to put a heading on each page. This is because a simple heading that indicates the date, the class, and the main topic the teacher or professor is covering in that class will make it much easier for you to find the information that you’re looking for later. In fact, a good heading on each page will not only make it easier for you to find the information that you need later, but it will also help you keep your notes in order.
- The second technique that you can use is to use a subheading every time the professor switches to another major concept. This is because a simple subheading that indicates the subtopic that the professor is discussing will make it much easier for you to find the notes that you have written about a specific concept if you need to study that concept later.
- The third technique that you can use is to number each page. Numbering the pages within your notes will help you keep your notes in the appropriate order even if you take them out of the folder or binder. This can be very helpful if you’re trying to study a specific topic or a specific set of topics because you can take the notes for a specific topic out of your folder or binder, study the material, and then put them back without mixing everything up.
How to Take Notes on a Difficult Subject
There’s a pretty good chance that you will encounter a subject at some point that you just don’t understand. It may be a class that’s too complicated, a class that requires you to learn too much in the time given, or a class that you just can’t wrap your head around. In fact, it may not even be a class, but rather a single topic that is so difficult that you just don’t know how you’re ever going to figure it out. It is important to note, however, that your notes are even more important when you encounter a subject that you don’t understand because they will help you boil the subject down to its key points, so you don’t have to sift through pages and pages of complicated information. This means that, for you to do well in a difficult class or do well on a difficult test, you have to know how to take notes on a subject that you just can’t figure out.
Fortunately, if you’re having trouble understanding a subject, there are a couple of techniques that can help.
- First, try not to obsess too much on the things that you don’t understand. This is important because your primary goal is always to take notes on all of the key points that your teacher or professor covers, and you don’t really have time to worry too much about whether a particular topic makes sense. It is important to note, however, that this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the concepts that you don’t understand, but instead that you should make a note next to each concept that doesn’t really make sense to you. This will allow you to take your notes now and find the information that you need to understand the concepts that you don’t quite get later.
- Secondly, if you need help with a particular subject, ask for help as soon as you can. This is important because the information that you learn in your current class will typically build on the information that you have already learned. This means that you have to make sure that you ask for help as soon as you can, so you can get the help that you need to understand the concepts that you need to know now and the concepts that you will learn later. In most cases, you should raise your hand and ask any questions that you have as soon as you have them. However, if you have a teacher or a professor that prefers that you ask questions after class, make sure to ask all of your questions as soon as you have an opportunity to do so.