UPDATED VERSION: How to Take AMAZING Notes and SAVE your Grades » my simple note-taking system https://youtu.be/YzC-f2r1NQE
Hello fellow subbies! This video is an update on my first youtube video! I've made modified my note taking system and I'm going to share with you my top note taking tips, as well as some hacks, how to decorate your notes in a creative way and how you can improve your penmanship to write faster!
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First, the basics – when I’m taking notes, be it in my lectures or at home, I always use grid paper, a blue or black BIC pen, two highlighters and three colored pens – two of the same color but in different hues and one in a contrasting color. If you are already acquainted with color coding, go ahead and use a few more, but this is the best scheme for basic color coordination.
Before you start to develop your note taking method, you need to know the following:
• Don’t write everything that your professor says – focus on the key points and relevant information. Avoid repeating sentences and key words often.
• Reference your material throughout with quotes, page numbers, and so on.
• Use your topics and titles as guidelines for a self-made study guide – I will explain this further on.
• Although this may sound contradictory, make an effort to only write your notes only once and saving the extra time for studying them.
My note taking system uses the Cornell Method as a base but I’ve added a few personal tweaks. This method that uses a triple division system, just as I’m showing you in the picture. On the left column you should write the topics or titles of your material; in the right, you should talk your notes, per se; and in the bottom box you should write a brief summary of that page.
I’ve used this classic method for some time but I found the need to change it up. First of all, I removed the summary box – this happens because my material isn’t very adaptable to summaries. It’s perfect if you can keep it but, if you remove it, it won’t detract from the method. Then, I use my left column for titles, like the classical method; but I also write quick notes that aren’t related to the notes themselves, like professor’s recommendations, articles that I should read on the subject, or reminders. This left column, as I’ve said earlier, is a great, automatic study guide. You can go through your notes and, just by looking at these titles, you can see immediately what you’ve already studied. You can even draw a box besides each topic so you can check them when you are preparing for a test or an exam.
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