The Art of Making NOTES Effectively

pablo (6)Piles of books, copies filed with notes, book xeroxes flying around. Before the exam, you never know where to start. The easiest solution to this problem is to have your own personal notes.

What do you mean by personal notes?

A categorically arranged volume of information for exams or other academic purposes.

How will they help me?

They will provide you with a concise material to study from. 

The journey of making notes will infuse you with knowledge and information.

Also, the journey will help you improve your writing or typing speed depending on what medium you use for the process.

Is is easy to make?

Not easy to make but the result is worth the effort.

How do I make them?

Depends on the purpose you are making it for. I will give you a few guidelines that will help you through the journey.

  1. Make a plan. Your notes need to be arranged, i.e; you need to make the notes topic-wise.
  2. If you are making this notes for an exam, go through previous question papers first. Mark out the important topics and questions.
  3. Use a copy or loose sheets that you can tie together. Many people prefer loose sheets as they can later add additional pages in it. Remember to leave space for additional information at the end of each topic for additional information if you are using a copy.
  4. Write the topic in capitals and underline.
  5. Put information in bullet-points. Changing text from one form to another will help you remember the information. 
  6. Write using keywords/ words which will easily remind you of the whole line.
  7. Use abbreviations that you can later recognise.
  8. Use pens with different colours. It makes the notes more attractive to read as well as helps us to memorise. Use red colour for writing important words as it is more prominent to the eye.
  9. Use CAPITAL letters for remembering important NAMES, PLACES, etc.
  10. Underline to highlight topics and important concepts.
  11. Use more than one source. Make your notes from your primary source and add points from other sources. WARNING! Do not use more than two-three sources or you will get confused.
  12. If you need to cut a point draw a single straight/patterned line through it. A zig-zag cut is not a pleasant sight. It also leaves unnecessary impressions on the paper. 
  13.  Try to use as many graphics- flow-charts, information trees, etc as you can.pablo (7)

I hope these points shall help you on your journey forward. Happy study!


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