Take great notes
Learning good note-taking skills is essential to understanding and studying your subjects better and helping you pass those exams. Here are some top tips to help you get a better handle on studies.
Taking notes forces you to listen more carefully and helps you understand and retain more information. Get into a habit of only jotting down key information, using bullet points, short sentences and abbreviations to make it easier. If you're told an important piece of information, highlight it in your notes to make it stand out when you revise.
Re-write your notes while they're fresh in your head to absorb and understand information better. If you rushed jotting them down, this is the perfect chance to restructure and edit notes in a way you understand.
Create a system of symbols to help you get the most out of the information you have (question mark for something you don't understand, spiral for further reading).
Use keywords to help kick-start your memory when you review it later.
The best way to revise for an exam is to study in a style that you understand, such as:
- writing notes over and over
- creating visual diagrams and word maps
- recording notes to listen to
Once you find what works for you, you'll be more productive in no time.