How To Take Notes Effectively in College (Part 2/2)

How To Take Notes Effectively in College (Part 2/2)
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    I am sure that many of you out there have your methods of note-taking such as using shorthand.

    Although it takes some time to learn, shorthand is a great way of taking notes.

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Continue from Part 1: taking notes effectively

#3 Develop a Note-taking Method That Works for You.

Most of the people that take notes on a regular basis cannot read each other’s work. This is because everyone has their unique way of presenting
their ideas on paper. Writing what the speaker says verbatim is not an effective way of taking notes as it takes too long and involves too much writing. You would get bored very quickly.

A great way of taking notes is to break down what the speaker is saying into key points that follow a certain train of thought. Notes that flow can be easily deciphered than notes which have points from different topics all jumbled up together. Keep your notes organized and neat.

#4 Go Through Your Notes Afterwards

The main point of taking notes is storing information in a short form that will be reviewed and expounded later. It is for this reason that you should always review your notes soon after you wrote them. The longer you wait, the more you will forget what the speaker said.

When you are reviewing your notes, it is a good idea to use a pen with a different ink color to differentiate the changes you made from the actual notes themselves. With your new pen, write out the abbreviations that you made on your notes, draw arrows to link points, make new notes on the margin and do whatever else that you do to expound on the notes. This will help you to conceptualize the topic that your notes were supposed to cover.

Always remember to keep your notes in a safe place as they serve a myriad of purposes. You might need to review them again or use them as proof.
Minutes are notes that are used as proof that a meeting took place. Always take care of your notes.

That brings us to the end of this guide on how to take notes effectively. I am sure that many of you out there have your methods of note-taking such as using shorthand. Although it takes some time to learn, shorthand is a great way of taking notes. For those of you who would rather write their notes in your unique way, I hope this guide has helped you.

And there you have it – basic note-taking skills. Please share this article with all your friends. Remember note-taking is a basic skill that will help you improve your understanding of topics and to remember things easily.

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