The Short Guide to Effective Note Taking

As students, we have a lot of information to take in, especially related to reading and lecture materials. Therefore it is important to master the art of effective note taking!

So how do you start with effective note taking?

1. Be ready with that stationery

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Make sure you have gone stationery shopping before starting the term in order to prepare yourself. This is obviously very important because without a pen or pencils you won't be able to take notes in class. Always have your college supplies ready! If you have language problems, bring a dictionary to class every day. It's more practical if you do not have to borrow stationery from others, right? 

2. Effectively pick your own note taking style

Everyone has their own way of taking notes. I am a visual learner so I always draw out and color code my notes. The things I draw are of course related to the topic. For example, when I learnt about different types of auditoriums for my drama class, I drew their shapes in my notes. Of course, when you draw things out, it doesn't have to be in detail but just enough so you can remember it well.

3. Be clear, concise, and coherent

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When you're in class and you see the lecturer's long, text-filled slides, you should go against your instinct to take note of everything just because "everything that the lecturer says is important". Instead, be present and listen to the lecture, only taking note of the most important things. Creating a mind map is helpful as it is a way of segmenting and organizing information in a way that's easier to access when writing an essay or studying for your exams.

4. Effective note taking uses colors

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According to Science Daily, a study conducted by the University of British Columbia says that color can improve your brain performance. This results in the ability to remember certain things better. You can use your highlighters and memos to color important terms and concepts. You can also use color-coding to make finding information a lot easier. Head over to Paperchase and find the prettiest color-coding tools.

5. Sharing is caring

There is nothing wrong with sharing notes with your friends. Who knows, they might have additional information that you haven't seen yet!

Effective note-taking has never been easier!  Do you have any other tips? If you do, comment below!

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