This time of year, it can be hard to be organized. I know it’s still January and you want to think that you are doing well with your New Year’s resolutions, but when it really comes down to it, you stopped trying to keep your resolution, like, a week ago. And that’s totally okay! I know that keeping up with a new routine can be super hard and frustrating. We’ve all been there. But when it comes to your school work, you actually should be organized, because it will be beneficial to you in the long run. I don’t mean to sound too much like your parent, but the more organized you are now, the easier it will be to have your life together when you’re older. Plus, if you’re organized in school, you will get better grades, which means going to a better college, which means getting a better job and making a lot of money. Okay, that was mostly an overly-dramatic rant, but I’m serious: being organized now can definitely help you later in life.
Obviously being organized takes time and effort, but a good place to start is in the classroom. More specifically, when you’re taking notes. I know it sounds silly, but something as small as taking good notes can make a huge difference. I know you might think that the easiest way to take notes is to, you know, write down everything, but that might not be the most efficient way to retain information, unless you’re doing other things as well. After some digging through my favorite site of overly organized people (you know, Pinterest) I found some easy ways to keep your notes nice and organized this year. Check them out.
1. COLOR CODE! Keep certain topics one color, so you can easily associate one concept with a color.
2. Use this handy guide to keep your notes organized by using quotes, arrows, brackets, etc.
3. Use columns and create a summary section, so you can recap what each page is about.
4. If you’re taking notes from a book, use a pencil when writing down thoughts to encourage active reading, and summarize each section in your own words.
5. Type your notes on your laptop if your teacher allows.
6. Use a recorder, like this Notes App, too write your notes and record them at the same time. You should ask your teacher first, though!
7. Use shorthand language or abbreviations in order to write quickly and keep up with your professor.
8. And use symbols to help keep track of what’s going on in your notes.
9. Compare notes with friends, so you can fill in things you missed and summarize what you learned with each other.
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10. Keep your topics organized by having a new flash card for every topic.
11. Keep those flashcards organized with a binder ring.
12. Use different notebooks for different subjects, so you don’t mix up your notes for different classes. It happens.
13. Draw charts/visuals when applicable. This will help keep your notes organized and help you remember what you were writing, especially if you are a visual learner.
14. Rewrite your notes afterwards if they are hard to read.
15. Follow these five tips in order to keep your notes organized, and have them stay organized the rest of the year. Be sure to maintain them so that don’t get messy!
Are you going to try any of these note taking tips? Tell us in the comments!