5 most effective methods of note-taking - Life Hack!
September 17,2020

5 most effective methods of note-taking - Life Hack!

As everyone is taking classes online you will need everything to make sure you are top of your game. Effective note-taking is one of the essential elements that will enable you to take your learning to the next level. In this blog we will be talking about 5 methods you could try which will also help you to memorise better. Select on methods that tailor it to suit your specific needs.

 

So Grab a note and let’s get going.

1. The Mapping Method - This will be perfect if you are a visual learner. In the middle of the paper write the main concept of the class, write the related topic around this. You could use lines in order to connect the different ideas to each other and on how they relate to the core topic. This will create a web of keywords along with information.This method will help you to test yourself, you just have to cover the connections and try and see how these informations are connected to each other. This is a great way to revise through summaries. For example, International trade can be mapped out and understood better with this method.

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2. Cornell Method - The Cornell method is perfect for organising notes - it will be more helpful for subjects such as economics and strategic management class. This technique requires you to divide the note into two parts, a smaller left column and wider right-hand column. In the right column, you are required to write down the main points discussed in class and after the class you can write the main keywords, cues summaries or any queries and doubts on the left side of the column. As you are reviewing your notes, you could cover the right column and try and remember the entire topic with the cue that's on the left side. Then you can check and see how much of the material you actually remembered. This is perfect for last minute revisions for fiscal policy and trade negotiation exams. 

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3. Symbols, abreviassions and short handed - If you are not great at writing in shorthand, then try and create your own symbols which will help you at note taking. Try and make symbols that are easy to draw and write for eg, a triangle could mean important and would most likely come for the exam. As long as it holds meaning for you and you can recollect it, it will be helpful, the same goes for abbreviations. 

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4. The charting method - This method is perfect for those who love to plan and arrange. You have to have a set up ie. right before the class starts select the topics that will be covered on that day and write those in a side column (leave enough space for each category). Through the class you can note the information connected with these topics. This will also help with grouping related ideas together for retention.

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5. Split Page Method - Similar to the Cornell method that was discussed earlier this method also requires you to divide the page into two. On the left side you can note down the main ideas and on the right side you can write down the secondary ideas. The most important part should be on the left column and the things related to this should be on the right side. Or you could also have class notes on the left side  and your understanding of it on the right. In this format you will be able to see which concept requires more thought and which require more problem solving. 

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