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How Note Making Helps Boost Your Study Prep

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How Note Making Helps Boost Your Study Prep

The exam season is a trauma in itself and studying is not any less. Do you also forget within an hour of completing your course or while writing your exam? Well, writing notes is one effective way to deal with this problem. And, do you also struggle with writing notes like many of us? Or end up marking everything as important? Fret not folks! We have a simple art of making notes that would help you study the smart way.

We all are well aware of how stressful exams can be and with tension pervading our environment, the concentration level falls drastically.


First, let’s get hang of what is ‘note-making’? Note-Making or Note-taking is a practice to record information captured by another source. It is mainly done by the high-class or college-going students during the lectures or seminars for the preparation of the examination.

They become a single source of study which averts one to pick up books again and again. It’s an art which indicates that one has to follow the certain patterns and rules to pen down the notes. It sounds such an easy task but it is definitely not. Such a skill contributes to the student’s success in securing good marks.

Hop on board and travel with us to the journey of making notes. Here are a few important steps to ensure that you make efficient and effective notes for your exams.

1. Gather All Study Material Before

study material

Before writing down the notes, one should gather all the note-taking material which can be your Notebook for one subject only, multiple pens of various colored inks to emphasize varied concepts and points.

  • Headings and sub-headings are very prominent, so you can put the relevant information under them.
  • If you are using a laptop, it should be charged. Taking down of notes through cursive handwriting able you to have a photographic memory of all the notes.

2. Precise and Direct Points

precise points

The points taken down should be very concise and related to the syllabus only. Notes never should be in full sentences but in keywords or brief sentences, and self-made abbreviations can be helpful while revising them in the nick of time.

3. Be an Active Listener

listening skills

Many people make a mistake of taking down every word without concentrating on the teacher mindlessly which makes no sense. A person taking down the notes should be an active listener, jot down the words and produce concepts and important key concepts which are only relevant.

  • Makes sure you are leaving some space after every point made so if you procure any latest information regarding this, you can add.

4. Always Paraphrase


Paraphrasing is very significant while taking down the notes for the students to comprehend the notes easily and efficiently.

  • Notes should be based on the 5W&1H pattern which is what, why, when, where and how.
  • Try to add facts and instances as much as possible. For example, if one is making the notes on matrilineal societies, an example of any tribe like Nayars of South India might be useful.

Did You Know?

The average student writes 1/3 word per second, while the average speaker speaks at a rate of 2/3 words per second.

5. Visually Appealing Notes

appealing notes

Notes should be attractive so that readers’ mind would not get diverted. Always start a new topic on a fresh page. Make flow charts or different types of diagrams to understand the points easily. Other techniques can be split-format, outline method mind map and question & prompt method.

6. Reviewing is the Key


Skimming the notes after the class or lecture is very important for 10-20 mins as it helps in filling out any word which one couldn’t write before.

7. Don’t Forget to Summarize


Also after reviewing the notes, it is preferred for a student to summarize the notes at the bottom of the page where they are written. During the exams, when there is adrenaline rushing all over your mind, these good notes are very helpful, you can memorize them in three popular methods- by line, by story method, and through mnemonic devices.

Note taking is one useful practice to follow while studying. It helps you retain the knowledge and efficiently put it down in your exams. It is also scientifically suggested that you taking notes while studying helps you grasp knowledge more effectively. Hope it helps you with your upcoming exams and you ace it like a pro. Thank us later!