Organising your notes
Keep your notes organised by:
- Use main and sub headings and numbered lists.
- Use keywords to describe each note.
- Use colour to categorise notes or headings.
Notes can help you understand concepts and topics. To help this process you can:
- Underline or highlight important words or sentences. This helps you stay focused.
- Use your own words to summarise points, use abbreviations and add your own comments. If you develop your own consistent style you will save time and effort.
Notes can help you remember. It is easier to remember information when you use keywords instead of whole phrases or sentences. Using keywords throughout your notes also makes revision easier.
- Choose keywords that represent crucial facts or core concepts as they are easier to remember.
- Choose keywords that will trigger your memory.
- Test your recall of keywords regularly.
Some people like to colour-code their notes and keywords, others like to draw diagrams to highlight relationships between keywords and concepts. Develop your own style of note taking to make life easier.
[The text above is based on that provided by the University of Leicester]