January 17, 2024 Amy Lang

The most important thing about taking notes is what you do with them after you take them! Here is an excellent note-taking strategy:

  1. Draw a vertical line down your page about 3 inches from the left margin, making 2 columns.
  2. Take all your notes in the right-hand column.
  3. After class, review your notes as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours.
  4. Fill in and complete any gaps in your notes.
  5. Now, in the left-hand column, make up possible test questions based on the notes you took.
  6. Later, study by covering up the right-hand column and trying to answer the questions you wrote in the left-hand column.

Note: Taking notes by hand has been shown to improve memory recall as compared to typing notes on a laptop. The reason for this is that people tend to try to capture every word when typing, instead of their brains being forced to interact with the information to summarize it.


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