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How To Take Good Notes in Class

take good notes in class | How To Take Good Notes in Class | EduPulse Magazine
take good notes in class | How To Take Good Notes in Class | EduPulse Magazine

As you climb up the stairs of your educational life, taking good notes becomes a fundamental necessity. Alas, high schools do not teach the students how to outshine in making notes, which is a significant disadvantage for school life. Take a few minutes to learn about how to take good notes in class.

Taking good notes is as vital as any other part of the academics. In school life; where large lecture classes are held, personal notice is almost impossible to gain in which case notes become your resource for exam preparation.

Nonetheless, some exciting and helpful adult tips have been introduced to help students take better notes. Firstly, great importance is put on listening abilities. Effective listening is a fundamental key to make good notes. Then again, it gets tough to do this. In which case, measures could be taken to enhance your listening skills.

You don’t have to write everything; you should rather listen carefully and make sure you know the direction of the class and note down all the main points. Usually, the teachers plan their lectures. If you listen well, this structure could be identified and linked together easily.

Listening is not only through verbal communication. Nonverbal details can also be indicated, e.g. eye contact and body language, so be sure to hear them out as well. Put away all other sorts of disturbances and just be there, enjoying the time and you will be fine.

Learning to write down all the necessary information in an orderly way is also a hurdle itself.

It is vital to write quickly and efficiently. Avoid writing small words that might not be necessary and therefore, could possibly be skipped. Abbreviations could be used and anything else that is clear and makes writing fast. In the end, what does matter is that you understand what you have written down.

Definitions are a must-have in all notes. If the teacher defines a term, be sure to jot it down with correct understanding. Another significant thing is to mark anything that your lecturer tells you as necessary, it can even be a tip for what is to come in an exam or a test.

Students often get frightened about speaking up in class. This could be a massive disadvantage for the students’ academics. Don’t be scared to tell the teacher to slow down if he is going to fast. Sometimes even the best of lecturers could be racing along with the lecture, and it might become impossible to cope.

If there is something you are not understanding, be sure you ask the teacher for help and aid. Trust me, you won’t get attacked for asking a question, and you absolutely won’t be called crazy.

Here comes the tough part; study your notes. Yes, unless or until you do not study your notes, you won’t remember anything. Notwithstanding its value, students don’t go through their notes enough, which ends up having an unfavourable outcome.

Going through your notes does not require withdrawal from the world and weariness. You could have reading groups and do it with a group of friends. This could be extremely good as well as pleasant. So be sure to take good notes in class, every class.

Tinashe (Nash) is editor-in-chief and publisher of Edu Pulse Magazine. He brings 8+ years of experience as a journalist, creative writer and digital editor.

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