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The school year is already going by so fast, I barely have time to make my late night cookie runs in between studying, and that’s a big issue. Taking notes is something that we already have to do-or if you aren’t, you should, but what are you doing that ends up hurting you in the long run? Read below to find out 4 Mistakes you Might Make while Taking Notes.
1. You don’t have a method.
Just like how handwriting varies slightly by how tired your are, or what emotions you might be feeling, note taking methods do as well. If you are tired you might just jot down everything in a jumble, whereas if you’ve had your coffee for the day, they might be organized in charts. Pick a method and use it to make your notes easier to read and study.
2. You don’t stick with a method.
Some days you use a graphic organizer, other days it might be a flow chart. One you pick a method, stick with it. It will make your notes more cohesive and it will be easier to find that statistic for your next paper if all your notes are organized the same.
3. You highlight and comment in notes during lecture.
You’ll have time to do that when you review your notes in the evening after class. Wait, you don’t do that? You should. It will help the content stick in your head. If you try to do this during class, you will miss something crucial like one of the essay questions on the next exam.
4. You don’t lookup things you don’t understand.
Yes, I understand that this is more work and the last thing you want to do is actually pickup the textbook that has been living a double life as a placemat for the past few weeks. If you look up what you don’t get, you will always help yourself in the long run.
I know after realizing all of these mistakes I was making in class, my notes and grades improved, and I spent less time trying to organize before finals. The future you will thank you for the work you are putting in now. Less stress during finals means more time for cookie runs, right?
Do you like to handwrite or type your notes? What is your favorite note-taking method?