knows that it is not always realistic to write study notes from all the
information you have collected and written during the week.
The Pogojo suggestions listed below are a good guide as to when you
should actually make study notes, and also gives you enough reason and
motivation to memorise the actual content:
Test Time - if you have an
upcoming test covering course content that has been learned to date, use
the opportunity to summarise your lecture, tutorial and resource notes on
all topics. By the end of the
semester you will only need to get your highlighters out, read over your
notes and add bits and pieces where necessary.
Set Times - this is important
if you do not have tests or exams throughout the semester. Ahead of time, you need to put periodic
reminders in your calendar or diary to mark the day and times that you
will dedicate to making notes on topics covered to date.
Mid-Semester Exams - this should be a
build up on the notes you have made for tests throughout the semester to
date. Reviewing notes you have
already made, and making notes for mid-semester exams will serve as good
revision for the upcoming examination.
This should be a good incentive for you to read what you note
down. Repetition exercises your memory
and helps you retain information. Revise! Revise! Revise!
Final Exams - by this stage you
should have all your class handouts and notes filed. You may only need to make notes on the
recent weeks that have lead up to the final exam. It’s now time to revise
and work on other study tools in preparation for your final exams.
Getting the hard task of
note taking out of the way, will give you more time to read and
questions and practice past papers during the study period for exams.
As mentioned in Pogojo’s Preparing for Exams
tips, this is the best
mix of activities to prepare for any exam.
Go back to the Art of Notes Taking.