Hey ya’ll, Happy Monday! Summer is the most wonderful time of the year, you know? Sunshine, cute clothes, gelato…and homework. Whether you are simply doing your summer required reading, or actual taking a course (ahem), chances are that if you are in high school or college, you have some form of work.
But!!!! It can be a breeze if you learn a few tricks – particularly note-taking. Taking notes in class is the single easiest way to figure out not only what’s important, but also what will be on an exam, and if you know what’s on the test, you can (hopefully) get a good grade and treat yourself to some ice cream afterwards.
Ice cream is always the end goal, you guys.
So, anyways, here is how I take notes, during both lectures and active reading. Let me know in the comments below what system works best for you, and if this helps!
1. Highlight. But sparingly.
I’m loving the whole highlight trend right now, with the rainbow highlight and the reverse unicorn, but there is a definite line between having your glow on and looking like a disco ball with cheekbones. Similarly, make sure that when you take notes, you aren’t highlighting whole paragraphs – just stick to the basic, take home points.
Ex: Wonder Woman is a significant film in feminist history, not only for being the highest grossing movie produced by a female director ever, but also for the relationship of equals between Diana and Steve.
2. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
You do not need to write every word that exits your professor’s mouth. You do not need to copy out whole chapters from your textbooks. Bullet points and brief main ideas are golden, and are not only easier to write, but are also easier to memorize come dead week.
- avoid facing direct sunlight
- add movement
- rule of thirds
3. Be able to read it.
Legibility is a bit important if, you know, you actually want to put your notes to good use. A trick that my friend uses is to write messily during lectures, then copy them out #studyinspo style at home. Apparently, this also helps her with memorization and retention. I personally don’t do this, but I do make an effort to keep my handwriting neat and the doodles to the minimum.
Ex: We don’t need this – you guys know what to do. 🙂