Note Taking Tips

Kelsie V., Staff Writer

Note Taking Tips


Note-taking for some is the easiest way to retain information, yet there are some ways to make them neater and more entertaining, not to mention less difficult to revise. Here are tips to take your notes to the next level.


  1. Please Paraphrase

When taking notes from your school textbooks or a website, paraphrasing is a great way to rewrite information. While this may take an extra amount of time than copying from the material directly, it can aid in retaining the information more effectively. Paraphrasing can also train you for assignments where you have to restate paragraphs or segments of text in your own words. 


  1. Draw Diagrams!

Taking notes is centered on writing, but copying diagrams or pictures can vary up the format of your notes. Especially in science and math-based classes, examples and diagrams of processes can make it easier and more entertaining to revise later. If you have the time, add color and detail to dive deep into the material.


  1. Sectional Separation

Keeping one notebook for every class rather than one for every subject can keep your notes organized and focused. Each notebook will have a specific topic, like English, history, or math, and this keeps the material tidy and orderly. Although it may take up a significant amount of space in your backpack, revising can be done with less effort, as you don’t need to flip through pages continuously to find the subject you need to review.


  1. Less Is More

While taking notes, whether, from a lecture or anything else, it’s important to keep them focused and only record key concepts or information. Don’t write unnecessary or wordy sentences and keep your notes clear and concise. Use bullet points and abbreviations to shorten longer paragraphs, and inscribe this material in a way you understand the best.


  1. Take A Pass Before Your Class

If you know the material your teacher will be going over in class, quickly revise through the recommended textbook chapters and create a basis for your notes. Then, as you listen to the information presented in class, add to them! This will allow you to understand the taught material more easily because you already will have a grip on the topic, which, in turn, will affect your notes. If you have any questions about the information, ask your teacher beforehand, so you have accurate data in your notes.


  1. Don’t Pity If They’re Not Pretty

Your notes can be simple and effective and do not have to be perfect, colorful, complicated, and beautiful. I’ve found that sometimes, simple notes work really well and help the most with difficult topics. So don’t fret if your notes are not the best-looking, the most important thing is that they work for you.


Optimistically, these tips should help your notes to be top-notch and very effective. Happy reading!