My Note-Taking Tips

With school being in full-swing again, note-taking is among our lists of things to do. If you are like me, then messy and unorganized notes are one of your pet peeves and you often try to shy yours away from being among those that resemble that category. In order to hopefully help you with the daunting task of choosing a note-taking strategy, I will be sharing my process in which I take my notes and some other note-taking tips. Enjoy! ♥

1. Use highlighters:

Highlighting is probably my most useful tip. I like to highlight topics, titles, and important keywords, just to name a few. I find that assigning different colors for different things helps me the most. Here is my color-coded system that I find works best for me: (You could also do the same thing with pens which I sometimes do.)

Pink- Important keywords/events
Purple-Important equations/things to memorize

2. Separate each class:

If you separate your notes for each class it will help tremendously, trust me. In my case I have 2 notebooks, 1 4-section for my core classes and 1 notebook that I divided into 3 sections for my electives. It is so nice to be able to know where my notes are-it even cuts down on time.

3. Write down the important stuff:

I use to write down almost everything but now I tend to write down only the important stuff and it has   made everything so much easier. It saves time and makes it easier to find things later when I need it. Another perk: my hand doesn't feel like falling off all the time.

4. Make it easier to find certain topics:

Spending a long time trying to comb through all of your notes wastes time, let alone helps you find what you're looking for. If you organize your notes in a set way, and stick with it, finding the notes you're looking for will be so much more easily accessible. Highlighting (as mentioned before) or just sticking a tab on certain pages are some ways to achieve more organized note-taking practises.

5. Find a method that works best for you and stick to it

Once you find a method that works for you, stick to it. If you take notes one way and then the next day change it, you will never have the organized notes that you want. Sticking with your process will make your note-taking so much better in the long run.

"I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws." Psalm 119:7



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