What are easy ways to take notes while in lectures?
I am the type to just write everything down, but it doesn't really help. Should I use a laptop to type notes or continue writing them? I heard color coding helps, but I'm not sure if it takes up a lot of time.
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A couple of things that you can do to make sure writing it down is actually helping you:
- Pull out your notebook as often as you can - Eating along in the dining hall? Have 5 minutes before another class? Pull out your notebook and go over it a bit. Any little bit of a refresher you can give yourself will help.
- Rewrite your notes: I had an odd, but effective study system where I would put on a TV show like White Collar or Gilmore Girls that I had both seen before and emphasized entertaining dialogue and then just rewrite my notes over and over. It helped me to really retain the information because I was doing something relaxing, but I could also use the show as memory markers to help remember what I was writing when a character did X. It was odd, but worked exceptionally well.
- Colored pens and sticky note flags can really help if you like colors. They'll help you organize your thoughts and your notes.
- Have a separate notebook for each class or a separate section in your binder for each class
One way that you could consider taking notes during a lecture is to "record" the session on your cell phone. When doing so, you could go back and listen to it and jot down notes along the way. I'm telling my age but, back in the day when I was in college we used "cassette recorders" for those long lectures. This method worked well for me; especially when I had to dash out afterwards to go to a full-time job. BUT, don't get lax in doing this (recording). I would reserve this approach only to those extremely long lectures. You still want to get in a habit of taking good notes. Best of luck to you!
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