Taking notes in class is VERY important. It’s thanks to your notes that you’ll be able to study and ace any test that comes in your way! However, not everybody knows how to properly take notes. If you are one of them then this article will help you a lot.
Attach An Image To Each Concept
I really cannot stress how important this is! Definitions are boring. Words on a page are meaningless. And you will never remember what was covered in class if you leave with a notebook full of generic definitions. If your professor gives you an example/story, write it down, draw a picture, create a little graphic. Whatever you can do to attach that new concept with something that you already know/understand… this will help you remember the concept and see how it applies to real-life events.
Rephrase Information As You Write
It all comes down to this: when you get information and you write it down word-by-word, your brain is not really engaged. However, if you read notes from a PowerPoint slide, rephrase them into your own words, and write down your words (instead of the teacher’s), you are evaluating the information and then creating something of your own! This way, you are more likely to understand your notes in the future!