The notes you take make all the difference when it comes to acing your exams. Check out these simple organization tips that will help make note-taking a breeze!
Listen for the main points.
A common mistake is trying to write down word-for-word what the professor is lecturing, which only leaves you with a jumbled mess of notes! Focus on the main points of the lesson and only jot down the major details. You’ll actually have time to listen to the lecture, and you can always refer back to the textbook for more details later!
Use cross references.
Cross references will help you take notes faster and will aid you while studying. When you’re jotting down notes for something that has too much content to keep up with, keep your notes brief and then leave a comment saying where you can find more information (i.e. “See page 54 in the textbook for definitions.” or, “See slide 8 in PowerPoint for a diagram.”).
Summarize at the end.
Take a few minutes at the end of each class to summarize the main point of the day’s lecture at the bottom of your notes, which is an easy spot to refer back to. This is a good time to jot down some more details that you didn’t have time to write down earlier!
Use page markers.
One of the hardest parts about studying is flipping through your notebook and trying to find the exact page you need. Get in the habit of labeling your notes with markers that stick out of your notebook. Label the chapter number, the title, or anything else you feel is helpful!
Always date and title your notes!
This step is so small and easy, most people end up ignoring it altogether! Labeling your notes with a date and title will help you find the notes you’re looking for with ease.
Keep a separate notebook for each class.
Why? Because it’s confusing when you’re trying to study chemistry and you have to flip through pages of history notes before you find what you need! Save yourself the hassle.
How do you keep your notes organized? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.