What are my Note-Taking Methods?

Over here, you'll most likely see how I take up my notes in the classroom while my lectures are going on and how I complete them after reading my study materials.

Again, this method is something that has worked the best for me. It may or may not work for you, but it's definitely worth trying at least.

I have been consistently saying in my previous blogs as well, on how important it is to make your own notes!

Just to add on, I generally do not use my computer to make notes as our University generally does not have a practice of digital note-taking, but since we are currently attending classes from home, I believe, we can use the computers to take up notes.

However, I love writing them down because it helps me memorise the concepts better, so I'm not really sure if that's something I would use.

Although, I do use my computer to take print-outs of course modules and certain topics for which I need to refer the book and can't write down in my notes. (I may be too lazy or the topic is too big and time-consuming for me to make handwritten notes of).

This blog post is about how I make notes using my hand and if you're looking for digital note-taking, you'd be disappointed.

Here's me building the base and then moving forward, step by step.

Step 1:- Knowing what your time-table is, beforehand.

This is very important and of course, a very basic step that each person needs to follow (and I'm sure almost everyone does). Your course modules must have been given to you before your classes actually start (we don't get to choose our subjects), so you already know what subjects are going to be taught for your next semester.

This is important because I do know a lot of people who actually have NO CLUE what they're going to be taught and then just realise it when the classes actually begin.

I added this step in the note-taking part because I LOVE colour-coding my notes and for obvious reasons, if I know what my subjects are beforehand, I can assign colours to each one of them as soon as possible.

Here's how I have colour-coded my notes-

Step 2:- Lecture notes, while the professor is teaching.

I actually don't fret too much over this step. My hands keep moving as quick as they can during the lectures so I keep making notes as the professor speaks.

Let's all be very honest with each other. The pretty notes that we make, are time consuming and amazing when we actually sit down to study. Not really during lectures.

During lectures, your professors sometimes speak faster than the speed of sound and there's 100% chance that you've missed multiple points.

Hence during lectures, I do not recommend doing pretty notes or aesthetic notes or any of that kind because you really do not have the time for this during the classes.

However, what you can actually do is, to take your favourite highlighters and your favourite pen and stick to that.

Here's how I make them-

1. First things first, I have recently switched to binders and loose-papers instead of notebooks, because notebooks take up a lot of space and loose-papers can actually be rearranged in the way I want it to be. I use plain unruled loose A4 size papers to take my current notes. Binders and loose-papers have also been very sustainable for me as I only take up the exact amount of pages that are required for each subject instead of completely wasting 6 different notebooks for 6 different subjects. And more often than not, I tend not to reuse my notebooks for the purpose of next semester's notes, you know, "fresh start". But this is not the case with loose-papers and binders. I can store all of my study materials in a single binder and also not waste papers and notebooks!

2. I take my highlighters which I've assigned to the subject and then write the heading. This is something that I do before the class actually begins, or when the teacher states what they are going to teach on that day.

3. I just keep one pen. Initially, I used to keep multiple pens to write down my notes and used to switch between them a lot, while taking down my class notes. I realised, that this was a waste of time. I used to write the main headings with a black pen and the rest of the notes with a blue pen. I also used to switch between green, orange and red while taking down my notes to mark the important, not so important and other text. But switching the pens in between the classes, was hectic, especially when you need to keep up with what is being taught. So now, I switched to 1 pen theme. The whole of my notes are written down with 1 single colour pen and that is black. This method has reduced a significant amount of time wastage.