If at first glance, your in-class notes are unclear, messy, and unorganized, getting much use out of them will be difficult. This has nothing to do with your handwriting being neat – It is all about the structure of your notes.
One of the most efficacious ways to recollect (and comprehend) what you are learning in class is to take effective notes in class.
Previous Lecture Notes should be reviewed
Take some time to review the notes from the previous before heading into your next class. This will assist in jump-starting your brain and assist you in accessing the path initiated in the previous class.
Picture your mind like a cabinet used for filing, and before you can add onto a file, you first need to open it up and scan through.You can complete this task in ten minutes.
Create a technique of note-taking that works for you
Ivan Petrovic Pavlov, a Russian physiologist, said; learn, compare, and collect the facts.
Make adjustments to the structure and organization of your notes to increase the speed of your note-taking and comprehension later. Begin each new lecture on a new page, and date and number each page.
The series of materials is important; writing should be done only on one side of the paper. You can set them out side-by-side to make reviewing easier when studying for an exam.Also, you should leave blank spaces. This allows for the addition of comments or notes questions later.
Make your notes as short as possible. Berkeley said that never use a sentence when you can use a phrase or a phrase when you can use a word. Create an abbreviation and symbol system you can use wherever possible.
Additionally, take note of all vocabulary or concepts that are unfamiliar, and you do not understand. This makes you remember to look them up later.
Clarify the Subject by Asking Questions
Another useful study tip is to get clarification from asking questions. This shows your teacher that you are actively listening; furthermore, it helps your brain absorb information correctly- the first time around.
It is burdensome to learn the next building block of information without understanding the first, so be sure to seek clarification early and often. This can be harder if you are taking classes online since most lectures are not face-to-face. However, if you have questions, send a message to your teacher immediately instead of just waiting.
Enhance your listening skills
According to Plutarch, a Greek biographer and philosopher, learn how to listen, and you will prosper even from those who talk badly.
Begin by going into the classroom with a positive attitude. Going to class with the thought “This is the last place I want to be today” only sets the stage for inattentive listening.When you approach lectures with a positive attitude, it allows you to be open-minded and enables you to get the most out of the information given. Furthermore, make a deliberate effort to pay attention. Concentrate on concentrating. Pauk said that without concentration, there is no focus, and without focus, there is no learning.
Also, adjust to whatever direction a lecture takes. When a lecture takes a detour unexpectedly, say a student asks a question you are not particularly interested in, students often lose concentration. The lecture got back on track five minutes ago before you know it, and you missed vital information that should have been noted.
Review and Edits your Notes
Alfred North Whitehead, an English mathematician, and philosopher said; Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them.
Some authorities on efficacious study skills consider reviewing and editing class notes to be the most useful part of note-taking and essential to increasing the capacity of learning.
It is essential for your notes to be reviewed within 24 hours. Make edits to words and phrases that are not legible or make no sense. Write out words that have been abbreviated that might be unclear later. Make edits with a different colored pen to differentiate between what you wrote in class and what you filled later.
Take note of anything you find difficult to understand by highlighting or underlining, or even jotting it in a diary, journal, or notebook, to remind you to ask your teacher. Also, compare your notes with the textbook reading and fill in blank spaces you left, and consider rewriting or typing your notes.
Relatively few students know the importance of taking effective notes and how much it can be useful in improving their ability to retain and comprehend lecture material.
Following a few simple guidelines on how to take notes effectively, students can improve their college GPA, and do without a lot of stress when it comes to studying and taking an exam.