If you are in school and would love to excel in your academics, notetaking is a skill you must learn. Well-written notes are easy to read and less tedious to jot down. Below are a few tips on note-taking.

Put down the Key Points

Most teachers prefer dictation to writing notes on the board. Listen carefully and pick out the main facts in sentences, for instance, a specific date of the struggle for freedom in History, or a key example in a Mathematical problem.

Not many people are ‘blessed’ with a long concentration span. Initially, you may miss out on the main points to note.

As you keep track of your teacher’s style over time, you will get to know how he/she reads out notes and whether there is a particular trend in his/her teaching style.

Most teachers repeat important points so you don’t miss what is essential for your subject.

Don’t strain to write down everything

If your teacher is too fast for your writing speed, do not overthink. You are probably going to remember most of the things if you listen attentively and only take notes when you think you are likely to forget the key points.

Learn to get familiar with the teacher’s style so you can tell when you need to write something down. Some teachers will tell you when it is time to take note thus making your work even easier.

It’s not wrong to ask

If you are confident you got everything right during class, you will be saving yourself from future distress and panic if you approach the teacher after lessons and ask for clarifications.

If your teacher is speaking too fast and you are incapable of keeping with the pace, ask them to come again.

Likely, you are not alone. You might have helped your colleagues too in the process.

Cross-check

It is a good idea to check your notes against your reading exercises. You will be able to see if you made errors and get the opportunity to correct them.

You may also need to add something you didn’t pick from the teacher in class.

You have friends in class and you may want to compare your notes. Please go ahead. You may learn a concept you missed from the lectures.

Re-write

Depending on whether the teacher’s dictation speeds are too fast or not, you may have hurriedly scribbled your notes. Reading them in preparation for exams could be a hassle.

Take time and copy your notes in a way that you can easily read. Recopying also helps your master what you wrote — a sign that you are likely to excel in your tests.

Do not be slovenly

Organize your notes in point form or easy-to-read short paragraphs. Keep each subject with its notebook to avoid confusion and panic during tests.

The time you take rewrite and review your notes is not wasted. Soon enough, you will discover that you are absorbing the things you learned.

Spend a lot of time in structuring your notes and you will save a whole lot of time when preparing for your exams.

Taking good notes is not easy. Be patient in learning the skills, and do not give up if things take longer to turn around for you.

“Practice makes perfect” so they say. If you don’t give up, you will find yourself smiling at the test papers when you find countless questions you can comfortably answer.

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