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.

Through time a man’s life has always followed a trajectory of hard work, resilience and persistence.

We are here because ‘men strove with gods’ and conquered not only their challenges and shortcomings but their environment and land.

The world wouldn’t have been conquered if some daring men didn’t venture beyond their borders; granted that the drive to grow and conquer the world also came with ugly consequences to humanity. But we cannot ignore the reality of the immeasurable gains that we enjoy because of those bold actions.

As is the case today; our continent and the world need bold actions, taken by resilient men who are filled with a desire to advance our world. To do that you’ll need to give your sons the tools to grow and conquer their new world; to determine how far they will go.

Here are 3 things we believe are paramount to building RESILIENCE IN BOYS

WELCOME FAILURE – IT IS PART OF THAT JOURNEY

We’ve become accustomed to frowning and punishing failure in our young men thus denying them to the beauty of innovation and learning. What we fail to realize is that nothing is ever done perfectly the first time around, or the second, or the 3rd…5th and at times 40th time.

Create spaces for boys to dream, and go after those dreams.

In reality, resilience isn’t developed; it’s innately within us, but society kills it by demanding high standards from a young mind and teasing them and vilifying them because of failure.

Children don’t know failure; they only understand trying and learning.

We grow simply because of our failures.

HAVE A COMPELLING VISION/DREAM

Because failure is so integral to success you’ll need to have something compelling to keep you going.

A dream that’s greater than you.

How often do we encourage our son’s to follow dreams that look too lofty or high? But they only appear as so because of our own mental limitations; if he says he can do something let him do it. Give him the encouragement and resources necessary for him to explore, grow and conquer his own fears.

Our continent and world will only be transformed by those who dare dream greatly; William Kwamkamba

Don’t be scared/afraid of starting again. Deeply internalize that and have a ‘learn; unlearn mindset’ – a growth mindset is necessary to have the backbone of constant iteration and growth.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

We fail to realize that so much of success is tied to your networks/relationships; are you in a healthy home? Is your self-esteem healthy?

Do you believe in your abilities? DO you have a fun-group? Those who encourage you and cheer you on?

Building relationships isn’t about ‘gaining and looking out for self’ – to collaborate you need to have a point of convergence with those you build relationships with – to be mutually beneficial.

Expose your son to different experiences and different people; no matter how outrageous his ideas may seem and sound. Allow him to TRY. TEST. FAIL. LEARN. TRY AGAIN

BREATH

Take breaks, be alive and enjoy the beauty that is available today. Be a child and dream in wonder and amazement; connect with friends and family – exposure to new experiences will help you grow in creativity.

And most importantly have some personal time to JUST BE.