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People used to pay me to take notes for them, no joke. My secret to good note-taking is no secret at all! You just need a pen and some highlighters and you’re ready to go.
There’s two sources of information for any given class: your lectures and your textbook. Professors follow the order of the textbook (usually) during their lectures. If you can put in the extra work ahead of time and take brief notes before each lecture, it’ll be so much easier to keep up in class.
If you’re like me, you have to write down everything to retain it. But I totally get that not everyone works that way. If it’s easier for you to type out your notes, that’s perfectly fine, but you’ll still want to keep up with the same process of taking notes before the lecture.
Textbooks are pretty good and bolding or emphasizing key points or terms.
To save time, I abbreviate A LOT. You can shorten words like ‘because’ to ‘bc’ or ‘with’ to ‘w/’ and so on. It doesn’t seem like much, but you’d be surprised how quick you can get through a chapter when you have your own set of abbreviations.
Don’t just skim the chapters for bolded terms, though. You can skim the chapters to save time, but be sure to write down the concepts and ideas that are in between all of the bolded stuff, too!
When you get to class, pay attention to the lectures because the professor will likely clarify the things you’ve underlined. If they don’t, now’s the perfect time to ask.
Remembering dates of events is one of the hardest things for a lot of people. If you’re not skilled in this area (like me) try making flashcards!
I know it’s tempting to wait until the last night to write all of your notes, but you will regret it, and you will miss crucial points if you’re rushing.
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