So I have asked a few people, and they have said a “how to” series would be good to read on this blog so I have a couple of ideas for these, but if there is anything you want to see let me know! x
I was visiting a friend as I am home from university and their younger sibling is doing their GCSE’s this summer and wondered how to take productive notes from a textbook so here are my tips for the best note taking.
- Use sticky notes to separate headings within the textbook- this allows you to notice how efficient your studies are as you can take out the sticky note once you have studied that heading/chapter.
- Read a passage from the textbook and summarise in your own words- this allows you to understand the passage in your own words (don’t forget you can add the fancy terms later).
- Learn vocab when you get to it- but don’t forget to learn the vocab from definition to word and vise versa
- Answer the exam practise questions on each spread and end of chapter questions- Practise is ESSENTIAL so you can learn what the examiner is looking for
- Highlight passages and reread the highlighted parts only- of course only if you own the textbook, otherwise put your main facts on sticky notes and stick them in places where you will see them!
- Format your notes to how the assessment objectives are in your exam, eg, language, analysis, context, critics.
- Add in your class notes- this is when it is good to type your notes because you can add in little sections where needed as well as able to print them out as a hard copy!
- Colour code your assessment objectives
- Understand it before you type it up!
- Go over and condense again into a mind map/table
So these are my tips for writing out textbook notes… you can always look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.
The Ophite Life xox