Clear, concise notes are more effective than copious notes.
Instead of using a spiral, use a loose-leaf notebook divided into class sections.
Make all notes on loose-leaf paper. In an upper corner, title and date each sheet as you use it.
Rewrite and combine your old study and lecture notes into a new single set of notes or outline. Use them as a replacement for your old notes in the loose-leaf binder.
This gives you complete control of and fast access to a crucial part of the learning process – Your Course Notes – their organization, additions, replacements and rewrites thereof!
MEMORIZE FROM GENERAL TO SPECIFIC. Study the big picture, then learn the details. Learning and memorization are like a funnel – the process is not very effective when the small end is at the top.
CRAMMING DOES NOT WORK! Cramming for an exam only commits the information to your short-term memory. You will forget what you never really learned.
FOUR BASIC REASONS WHY WE FORGET PIECES OF INFORMATION
KEYS TO REMEMBERING
More Memory Tips
FILL IN BLANKS
SEVEN IS THE MAGIC NUMBER. Repeat difficult information seven times a day for seven days. – OR – Create seven index cards with the word or fact written on them. Tape the cards in places where you go frequently (i.e., mirror, fridge, etc.), then forget about them. After two weeks you will subliminally absorb the information.
MAPPING. Make a mental image of your notes, outlines, color coded Quick Study charts, etc., and where facts are located on them in relation to their topics. These images (fact maps) and their data can often be recalled during tests. For examples, seehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map You can also try Xmind: http://xmind.net