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Best way to take notes for class?

Hey, it can be challenging to focus in class and take notes; so what are some effective note-taking strategies?

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Enise’s Answer

Hello there,


The Outline method

This is a technique that you can write your main topic, sub-topic, and supporting fact as bullet points. This is a standard note-taking method for students who have not learned other note-taking techniques.


The Cornell Method

This a technique that you can summarize a topic you study. You can write what you learned, what (that topic) was all about, and how we can analyze the topic. You can even write questions, so that you may ask questions before you go.



The Boxing Method

This technique is for visual learners, but you can use this method if you research on a topic that was harder than usual. Draw boxes on a paper, and write sub-topics, so that you will not miss anything. My advice is that you may use this method after Cornell and The Mapping Method. It can be challenging for you if you use this only.



The Charting Method

This a technique that you can divide things into Outline, Cornell, Boxing, and Charting (with description, when to use, pros and cons). You can summarize with Cornell, use Boxing method for ideas, and then you can fill out each box. You have to use either of them, because you will work hard effectively, and barely hard to analyse the topic.



The Mapping Method (Mind Map)

This method is practical to write after lectures. You can makes notes with outline method, then summarize what had been told with Cornell Method, and you may wşsh to use this method for exams/assignments. This is a technique that you can seperate titles with topics;

English Literature: William Shakespeare -> The Midsummer’s Dream ->
Athens (Philosophy Mythology) ->
Romantics -> the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. -> …


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Mandi’s Answer

This question really boils down to how you learn best. There are many ways to take notes, so some research. This will give you a better understanding of each method so that you can see which best applies to you. After all you are the one who knows how you succeed best!

As far as focus, a lot of things can have an impact on this. Try to make sure you are getting enough sleep and eating well. Make sure while you're in class you are free from distractions and ready to receive the material. These small things can have a huge impact on focus, and in turn note taking. If you are tired and can't pay attention you are more likely to take little to no notes, which will leave you feeling overwhelmed when it comes time to study.

Hope this helps!
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L’s Answer

I absolutely love OneNote! It has allowed me to go completely paperless and organize all my notes so well. I would suggest exploring it if you haven't already and creating different tabs and pages for classes.
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