Have you ever had times when your teacher and your parents asked you to take notes in class because they think it will help you to study better? Well I have. At times I wondered- what it actually meant to take notes, How I would know which is important and which is not and so on.
From different people’s suggestions over the years I’ve developed my own way of taking notes.
A. Taking notes in class
Some teachers dictate notes and others expect students to write lecture notes. Either way it is good to write notes in class. So how do we do it?
1. Write down those words or phrases that the teacher repeats more than once.
These words are useful as you can use them in your answers, which could fetch you a little grace from the teacher. Also note down all that the teacher writes on the board.
2. Copy the diagrams that the teacher draws.
These diagrams will help you to remember what was taught in class.
3. Paraphrase what the teacher says in class.
If you try to write down every single word the teacher says then you might not understand what the teacher is teaching and at the end of the class you might end up with a bunch of sentences which you cannot understand. So try to write them in your own words.
4. Write down outlines that are given.
These outlines are important as it will help you to remember things more clearly and in an organized way.
B. Revising your notes
Rewriting these notes in a more organized and attractive way is important. After you reach your home or hostel compare you notes with some reference books and rewrite it. Rewriting will help you to clear any mistakes that you have made. Some might say this is a waste of time, but it’s a kind of revision session. While you rewrite the notes be creative: draw diagrams, use different ink pens, use post-its, and so on. All this will help you to remember the notes when you read them at a later time.
1. Make your notes more organized.
Organizing your notes is useful as it will help you to understand it even after few days. While you were in class you would have just written down everything you felt that was important. You would not have had enough time to think and write the notes, so it is in a way a mess. Rewriting the notes brings clarity.
2. Compare with your textbook.
It is possible that you would have made a spelling mistake or written a wrong definition or so other mistake, this is one of the reason why it is good to compare your notes from class with your textbook. The other reason is it will give you a more concrete understanding of the particular topic as the book will have some creative way of explaining it, which will help you to understand it better.
3. Use the Internet for more information.
While making notes of each topic you could refer to the internet which will give you a broad knowledge of the topic. Also this is useful because if you find it difficult to understand the reference books there are lots of websites that will has different ways of explaining a topic.
I hope this is helpful to you and will help you in your studies.