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Do your notes look like they're written in a foreign language? This video deals with how to take better and more effective notes! Note-taking should be an act of learning, instead of just mindlessly copying everything your teacher says. Sharpen those pencils, folks, 'cause there are three note-taking tips to help you retain all the information you learned!
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Top Tips for Taking Great Notes
Sit in a good place that enables you to hear the lecturer and be away from distractions.
Prepare yourself by doing the reading for the lecture beforehand.
Don’t be tempted to write down every word from the lecture. Try to listen as much as possible.
Ask questions or write them down for later!
Listen for key words and write them down. Immediately after the lecture, review your notes. Try to reduce each line or segment of notes into one keyword.
Review and clarify notes right after class. Organize your schedule so that you have some time right after each of your classes to review your notes.
Test your recall using only keywords. Cover your “Notes” with a sheet of paper, but leave the “Keywords” visible. Looking at your keywords, try to recall as much of your class notes as possible. Talk out loud if you want or just write down what you remember. When you’re done, uncover your notes section to verify what you said or wrote down.
Synthesize notes into a master outline. This requires you to look at different bits of information, figure out the main ideas and how they relate, and organize them in a way that makes sense.
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Learn a great way to take notes from lectures, books, video, or anything else.
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