Note-making may seem a tiresome task, but it is the most helpful activity students can do to make their studies go smoothly and to maximise their capacity of understanding and keeping the information. Read the 5 tips for taking crunchy and effective notes students should not miss.
But before that, let us understand why this study hack called note making is important. Notes are an important part of our daily life. Just like our brain notes information from its surroundings and retains it for the future, we have to make notes in studies too to make the best use of the precise information. But many schools in our country do not teach the correct way for writing notes. Instead, the students are handed the notes which prevents them from learning this important art of note-making.
Here are the tips, tricks and hacks for taking notes effectively-
Don’t copy paste the textbook:
This is one of the biggest mistakes that students make while taking notes. The purpose of note making is to lessen the burden when you read the lesson in the future. Notes are the crunched and precise form of your text. So, instead of writing the book down, try using the hacks like writing only the keywords from a topic, using key phrases in the place of sentences, more use of abbreviations, all important points in bullets and so on.
Realize your learning style:
There are 4 types of learning styles present in the educational process. Take your time to figure out which one is the best fit for you. Awareness of your learning style will help you create the best notes for yourself. For example, visual learners can color-code their notes to improve their keeping capacity and auditory learners can practice their notes by speaking and recording on their devices.
Structure your notes your way:
Note-making is a very personal part of a student’s life. Each student, like you, has a different structure of taking notes. Stick to yours. Try to structure your notes by giving them headings, subheadings, numbering and bullets, or flowcharts. With a unique form of taking notes, you also bring neatness and clarity in your notes.
Go digital for a change:
Writing is the oldest form of taking notes but you can bring some change by using the latest technology. There are several websites and applications on the Internet which provide you a platform to write effective notes within minutes. There is a sea of features you can use to make your notes attractive and increase readability. Some good note-making applications are Good notes, Notability, etc.
Throw in some creativity:
Taking notes in your ruled notebook with a pencil and 2 colour pens gets boring as each day passes. So it is time to throw some of your creative side in your notes. As time-consuming as it seems, it will also require you to put in extra effort, but this can bring a huge transformation into your studies. It has been proven that information written as coloured and attractive notes is easy to understand and keep as compared with the simple text. Use different color pens and pencils to write headings or paragraphs. Doodle and make flow charts for your better understanding.
With these tips and tricks for taking effective notes, we hope we eased your note making process and helped to make it a fun experience.
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