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Good note-taking skills are essential for every student's learning process. In this post, you'll find out how to improve in this area: how to organize your notebook, how to be more time-efficient while writing, and more.

How to Improve Your Note-Taking Skills

Taking notes can benefit students immensely: it allows them to focus in class, it can help them retain information better, and, if done correctly, can provide reliable study material for their study sessions. If you aren't the best note-taker, however, this post will help you in this department.

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Organize Your Notes Neatly

For starters, you need to organize your notes. This will allow you to keep better track of them, which can help you when trying to find the right notes to study off from. A few tips in this respect are:
  • Keep a separate notebook and folder for each subject (and use them accordingly).
  • Write a title and date on each page to stay on top of the lessons you learned.
  • If necessary, number the pages in your notebook and create an index for your notes.

Cleanliness is Key

Aside from keeping your notes organized, you should make an effort to ensure they're as clean as possible. This is because messy notes can actually be more distracting than helpful during your study sessions. "Keeping your notebooks clean" includes avoiding mistakes when writing notes. Moreover, you should also keep yourself from doodling too much. If you find benefits from doodling, use the last pages in your notebook, so your notes can remain clean and clear.

Keep Your Writing Tools Ready

If you're a student, then you know how valuable readiness is when writing notes. If you're distracted or unprepared, you may find yourself falling behind and missing important information in your notes. In an effort to be ready to take notes at a moment's notice, keep your writing tools handy. A sharpened pencil, an eraser, a highlighter, etc., should be within arm's reach, ready to be used. This way, you won't get lost during the lesson because you were looking for something to write with.

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Develop an Effective Note-Taking Strategy

Speaking of making your note-taking abilities more time-efficient, you should develop an effective strategy. Trying to note down every single word the teacher utters is a surefire way to elevate your stress levels and ultimately fail at keeping up with the lesson. Instead, use a different approach. For example, turn to common abbreviations to save yourself some time. It's also wise to work on understanding what the lesson is about to only write the most important pieces of information.

Care for the Penmanship and Sense

It's common to feel rushed when taking notes. A mistake some students commit in this respect, however, is sacrificing the decipherability of their notes in favor of keeping up with the teacher. In the end, this approach will be counteractive, as said notes won't come in handy when you need to study. If you've struggled to decode your own notes in the past, write with good penmanship and formulate phrases that actually make sense, so your notes can be the study aid you require.

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Accentuate Important Information

As you've probably noticed before, not all information is equal: there is some that are more valuable than other. For instance, formulas, definitions, names, and dates, are likely more important for your academic life and success. Lest you want those key pieces of information to get lost in a sea of notes, it's best if you find a way to make them stand out. You can employ colored pens, highlighters, and even sticky notes, to emphasize them and bring attention to them.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask

If at any point during your class, you end up falling behind while taking notes, or you aren't clear about some information your teacher gave out, don't be afraid to ask. Of course, you should do it politely (raise your hand, wait for your turn to speak, and ask your question respectfully), but you shouldn't stay quiet. In the end, those lingering doubts can hinder your academic performance, so ask away and take notes successfully.

Reread Your Notes

As a final tip, once you're done taking your notes, take some time to go over what you just wrote. This will help you proofread your notes, find any mistakes, and ensure they're understandable. Moreover, if during your review, you find that something wasn't clear or that you missed something, you can always ask a peer for their notes and compare. As mentioned above, you can also turn to your teacher to complete your notes.

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