Want to know a topper’s secret to achieving good marks? Well, this is one of the few secrets that lead to scoring good marks in an exam. That particular secret is the art of taking notes in the class.
Note-taking prove to be very effective during the examination season. There are exams like UPSC, IES ,GATE etc which require months of preparation and during this time students consume a lot of knowledge. Notes help your revise, refer and understand the topics in a very convenient way. Note-taking lead to maximum retention and you don’t have to read those big, lengthy books to find out the appropriate material.
Here are the top 5 tips for taking notes effectively in class:
- Firstly be prepared.
You should always have a very basic and brief idea of what the class is about. You should be aware of what topics are going to be discussed in that particular session. If it is the first class of the year, just be aware of the subject name and what it entails.
Talking about preparation, do not forget to carry your basic stationery:- notebook, pen, pencil, highlighter, post-its, etc. These things are essential for the note-taking process.
- Enhance your listening skills.
It is very easy to constantly talk all the time, but very few people can effectively listen. Taking notes requires a lot of listening and thus be prepared to give your full attention to the speaker in the class so that you can easily grasp the material. This will help you take better notes.
- Explore your note making techniques and grab the one best suited for you.
Everyone has different rhythms and methods of taking notes. For example- some feel the need to take notes in a very systematic way by jotting them down in points whereas some feel that it is more effective to just scribble it down.
Both of them might feel differently about each other’s style of note making, but they do not need to linger on that. So, take up whichever method suits you and contributes to your productivity.
- Make sure you write down the proper content.
Sometimes it happens that the orator meant to explain something in a way and we absorbed it in a totally different way. This might result in faulty note-taking. So it is advisable to pay attention to the content and do not listen to what the orator is saying just for the sake of listening.
Try to understand the examples and key points mentioned by the orator. If you encounter any difficulties or doubts, do not hesitate to rise up your hand and pose a question at that exact moment. Because when we do not clarify doubts right away, then the doubt becomes permanent.
- Review and edit your notes.
It is essential to review your notes well within the first 24 hours. You might experience many abbreviated words and illegible writings that mark the hurriedness of note-taking.
Before it completely falls out of your mind, check all the content and refer the book if necessary. If possible compare and tally your notes with your peers to ensure better retention and lesser risk of mistakes.
With these few tips and tricks, you can now effectively take notes and score good marks in your tests.