First of all, the first tip is to pick a notebook that is pleasing to the eye, efficient and sturdy enough to hold all of your notes, for a long time. I picked a single notebook for all of my semester's notes. The notebook I picked is a Moleskine Pro A4 notebook with dotted pages and it has two key features that make it so functional for notetaking - numbered pages and a table of contents. Since I am using a notebook for all of my classes, it was very important for me to be able to number the pages and index the different class topics and subjects in a table of contents and the fact that this notebook already has these two components make my job much easier. Although this doesn't count as a tip for the note taking in itself, it is definitely a big part of the organization of my notes and I suggest you to apply the same concept in all of your notebooks.
The second tip is to use two columns instead of writing across the whole page. It allows me to have much more flexibility when taking notes during class, since I am never able to fully anticipate the lecturer's speech. The fact that I can write horizontally in two different spots allows me to add comments, examples and corrections instead of having to worry about cramping all the information I am hearing into the same space. The way you use this method is really up to you, but I think you should try it out at least for one day.
The third tip is to use color but with caution. As a rule, I only use two colored pens for each set of notes. On the other side, using only two pens makes note taking in itself much more efficient, since I don't need to lose time choosing between too many different colors when I should really be paying attention to class.
The fourth tip is to learn how to arrange the space in the pages of your notebook. If you are using your class notebook as a transitional source of information, like if you are going to rewrite all of your notes when you get home, this might not be a problem. However, if you are thinking of your notebook as the ultimate source of information when studying for an exam, it will be important to think of your handwriting and, most of all, of how you arrange the space in the page. If you want to use the column method, sometimes you will not have information to add in the second column. Although this can leave a blank portion in the page that you desperately want to fill in, leave the blank space in there. This can be beneficial for two reasons: first of all, your page will look cleaner and reviewing for a test or exam will be much easier if you give your eyes an easier time looking for specific information. Secondly, allowing yourself for some blank space between notes also lets you write your own personal comments in between in future study sessions, something that I highly suggest if you are into active reading.
Finally, learn how to efficiently cover up mistakes. Tons of people ask me how I am able to take notes without ever making mistakes. Well, since I am currently taking English courses and my first language is Portuguese, believe me when I say that I make mistakes, and a quite a few of them, actually. However, since I am the only one reading my own notes, if I make any grammar or vocabulary mistakes, I will either leave the word as it is, as it will not compromise my learning of the subject, or I will rewrite it in front of the wrong word and underline it. If my mistake compromises my knowledge on the topic if I read it in the future, as if I wrote down wrong information, I will strike it through as neatly as I can. Overall, this will result in notes as spotless as they can be, and it will not make a difference at all.
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