It is important to remember that time is a luxury that a note taker will seldom have. This is because most classes have to discuss a number of different topics that are related to a variety of different concepts within the subject that the class is attempting to teach. Most classes, as a result, simply do not have the ability to spend a lot of time on any one topic, and you will have to find a way to take all of the notes that you need to take in the time that you have. Taking the notes in a limited amount of time can, of course, be difficult, but there are several different techniques that you can use to save time.
One of the techniques that a number of individuals use to save time is the abbreviation technique. The abbreviation technique is a note taking method in which an individual uses abbreviations and/or symbols to represent some of the words that he or she commonly uses in his or her notes. For example, b/c is a common abbreviation for the word because and esp. is a common abbreviation for the word especially. Abbreviations can be very helpful because they allow an individual to take notes much faster, and there are actually a number of professions that use abbreviations in their note taking to ensure that there is enough time to note all of the details that they need to note. You may, as a result, be able to use abbreviations to speed up your note taking significantly. However, it is important to note that there are a couple of things that you need to consider when you’re using abbreviations.
- First, try to make sure that you are only using abbreviations for the words that you use frequently. For example, if you’re taking an anatomy class in which you have to write the word human on a regular basis, you may want to use the abbreviation hu. for the word human. However, if you’re taking an English class in which you don’t need to write the word human very often, you may want to write the word out. This is because it is very easy to get confused when you’re abbreviating almost every word.
- Secondly, try to find abbreviations that actually make sense to you. For example, if it’s obvious to you that b/c is the abbreviation for because, b/c may be a good abbreviation to use. However, if you look at the abbreviation b/c and you have no idea what it means, you may want to use bec., cause, or another similar abbreviation that you actually recognize.
Last Updated: 08/22/2012