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How can I take better notes?

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I try taking notes during classes and lectures, but have a hard time deciphering what I wrote down when I go back to review them. Do you have any tips for taking good notes?
asked Oct 23, 2015 in Reference and Education by Quinn24
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Taking good notes is a big part of one's education especially as you start heading into your senior year in high school and college. Here are a few tips that should help out in this regard.


Build Around Key Terms


A lot of people try to get 'everything' down and hope for the best. This is why it is hard to decipher what has been written down. The goal is to pick up on key terms and move forward from there. Those key terms are the ones that are going to pop up in tests. If the teacher/professor continually speaks about one specific term, you will know it is important and has to be jotted down [1].


Create Short Form Options For General Words

This is unique to everyone, but creating short form words for commonly used words is a great way to go. A simple example would be replacing and with &. It is simple and works in saving time. You can even become creative and use symbols only you can translate if that is what you wish to do. It will ensure you are able to write down what is being said with relative ease [2].




1) http://students.sunyocc.edu/index.aspx?menu=708&id=4478


2) https://www.d.umn.edu/~rdavis/advise/notes/Note_Taking_Skills.pdf

answered Oct 23, 2015 by kingusama92 (23,380 points)

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