Tips for taking notes from a text book

Is note taking a natural skill that only the enlightened ones get to enjoy… nope!
Studying effectively includes knowing how to take notes and how to use them to increase your grades, your knowledge and your ability to remember the facts you need to know. Using these techniques should help you determine what is important, and help you learn how to use the knowledge you have right at your fingertips.

Step 01: Overview.
Read the text briefly and pay close attention to sub headers, bold-face words, picture/diagrams, and the questions at the end of the chapter.

Step 02: Get a general idea of what you're about to read.
Think about things that you want to know more about. What is the purpose of this passage? What do I want to learn from it? How does it relate to what I'm learning in class? Thinking of questions before you actually read can help give you a purpose , especially when you're reading something really in-depth.

Step 03: Go ahead and dive into the text.
Keep those questions in mind. Don't pay too much attention to unnecessary details, or else it might seem too overwhelming. Once you've had a thorough reading, jot down notes in an outline or web, hand written or typed. Just be organized and make sure you understand what you’re saying. Keep it short and sweet so it is easy for you if you need to add anything to it. Try to take notes from memory! It's a great skill to take notes this way.

Step 04: Take your notes and hold them up.
Does it look like too much? Break up your notes into sections, highlight, and star important concepts and key ideas.

Tip 01: For History.
When you're taking notes for a history class, leave a lot of room in your textbook notes to jot down important ideas your teachers say because history is a vast topic and there are several ways you can interpret it, but it's your teacher's opinion you'll be tested on.

Tip 02: Use your senses.
If you need to do some more activities to understand your notes, make flow charts and draw pictures! Try to visually interpret your notes. If you are not a visual learner, read it aloud.

Tip 03: Always refer to your notes.
Bring them to class and add on to them. Don't rely entirely on your textbook notes! Class notes give you an idea of what the teacher expects from you. Also, pay attention to your teacher or instructor, if he/she emphasizes an idea twice or with a bold tone, then that should be a hint that you should write it down.

Tip 04: Some people like to re-write their notes.
into another notebook because they learn better when they rewrite. You can read it easier because you will be writing it neatly. If your teacher is organized in presenting the material you may be able to take clean notes from the beginning and re-read your notes rather than re-write them.

Tip 05: Use highlighters on key words.

Tip 06: Why not make studying fun?
Add color, pictures and diagrams so they help you and liven up studying a bit.

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