In this post: 10 Ways You Can take Btter And Prettier Notes
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Taking notes is a crucial part of studying.
Your brain remembers information better when you write it down.
So having great notes may even save your year;)
Why is it important to have good notes:
- they will help you to revise for the exam/test easier
- pretty notes will motivate you and inspire you
- neatly written information will help you remember and know more
So I have prepared for you this post with 10 ways to take better notes that will help you excel at school! (there’s also lots of inspiration for notetaking and school overall at the end of it).
use quality stationary
Quality > Looks
Pretty stationary motivates you to write and study. Yes, you know it.
But you should always prioritize its quality over cuteness.
If a pen is gorgeously sparkling but writes shitty then you don’t need it.
The same for highlighters. If the color is amazing but it leaves stains and ruins paper, then again – don’t use it.
It is very important that you find great stationery that is not only pretty but also of great quality so that your notes would look better:)
keep it short
Keep everything short and on point.
Use abbreviations and special signs instead of words.
Keep everything neat and understandable.
Shortening your words will help you save time and it will be easier to review your notes in the future.
Here are some ideas:
- use a question mark “?” to mark the information you don’t fully understand
- use an exclamation mark “!” to mark the information that is very important, upcoming deadlines, to look up more information.
rewrite notes at home
I’ve explained this tip in a “How to Be a Successful Student In 2020” post (check it out;)).
The gist is having 2 notebooks for one subject.
One is for taking messy notes in class, and another for rewriting the same notes in a neater way at home.
But you don’t have to buy another notebook. You can write on a sheet of paper in class + record what the teacher is saying on your phone.
When you write your notes at home remember to keep them short and make them prettier if you have time and desire. You’ll be more enthusiastic to review them later:)
prioritize important information
Write only important things. There’s no need to rewrite every word the teacher or textbook says.
Choose the things that you know will be on exam/test and stuff that you should and have to know.
write in your own words
Try to rephrase sentences in your own way to better understand them.
For example, change “Cells consist of cytoplasm enclosed within a membrane, which contains many biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids” into something like “Cells are filled with cytoplasm that is protected by a membrane, which contains many kinds of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, etc.)“.
Hahah, this is not the best example, but I hope you got the gist:)
make important information stand out
We’ve come to my fave part – making notes prettyyyy!
There are many ways to make your writings stand out. Here’s some of them:
- color coding
When highlighting your notes, use a special system – color coding.
It means that every color/highlighter is used for a specific part of the text.
– pink highlighter is for titles, headlines
– blue is for terms and vocabulary
– yellow is for important info
– green is for examples, definitions, explanation, etc.
Create a system that works for you and that you love. And here’s some more inspiration:
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Some more ideas on notetaking:
- circle powerful words/phrases
- underline headings
- use bullets for lists (such as in this list you’re reading right now)
- use CAPITALS
- write in colorful pens
use a layout
Create/use a specific layout that works the best for you.
For example, you can try Cornell Notetaking System (the pic below) where you write the main information on the bigger part of the page; keywords, comments, dates, facts on the narrow side; and at the bottom write a summary of all the information.
practice neater handwriting
Make sure you understand your handwriting well, especially when you need to go through the notes very quickly.
In your free time, you can practice neater handwriting. Don’t rush, take your time writing letters that look good to you.
You can follow and try some writing tags. Like this:
Practice each letter, sign, then words, sentences. Practice until it becomes your native handwriting. Just practice, practice, practice!
Also, try to use different pens and see which makes your handwriting look the best. Sometimes it’s not your hand that makes it ugly but a bad pen.
Always summarize what you’ve just written.
When you’re done taking notes, have some time to reread them and write the most important information at the end.
It will be very helpful when you don’t have time to review all the notes before a test/exam:)
get prepared & read before
If you have time, read the topic you know you’re going to study in advance.
Get prepared before the class to have the gist of what you will be learning.
And it will be easier to take notes as you already know approximately how many things you need to learn.
Notetaking ideas and inspiration
Here are some amazing ideas and inspo for your cutest notes:
– by studynotesideas on TikTok
– from kylambs_ on TikTok
Yesss! That’s the vibe for this year!
- use quality stationary
- keep it short
- rewrite notes at home
- prioritize important information
- write in your own words
- make important information stand out
- use a layout
- practice neater handwriting
- get prepared & read before
Hope you liked this post. Check out my other school related topics:)
Have a beautiful day and life!!
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