How to make entries


Reread your notes


Reread your conspectus as soon as possible after the lecture. Best this day. During this time, we usually forget 80% of the material. Instead of then re-learning the material from scratch, be based on the records that you made.


Reread, and do not just rewrite your entries


In the lesson, read your notes and think about how they could be edited and supplemented. Create a new conspectus based on your recycled entries. This is very useful, especially if your notes are unorganized and illegible. That’s why you can not just rewrite the entries made at the lecture, first you need to review and supplement them.

Use your notes that you made in the lecture, as key points and reference words for a new conspectus, in which you organize everything that you recorded in a normal form.

For missed moments, check in the textbook and make sure to add the missed material.


Highlight the important parts of the lecture


When you reread your entries, take a little time to highlight or emphasize the important points in the lecture. To do this, you can buy multi-colored pens or markers, inventing a color code for each section of the lecture. The lecture organized and organized in this way will be very useful when you prepare for it to study and exam. This way of systematization allows you to quickly memorize the key points of each lecture.


Be sure to note the missed classes


If you missed the lectures because they were ill (or for any other reason), be sure to take the missed material from students. To better understand the material, talk to the professor.


If you have a physical or psychological disability, which is officially registered in documents, because of which you can not make notes, discuss with the lecturer the possibility of correspondence courses in this subject. Perhaps you can organize additional classes, find people who will help you make notes, or find other ways to fix the information received.


Try Cornell’s method for conspectus


Divide a piece of paper into three parts


Cornell’s method involves not only the compilation of a report, but also the preparation of questions for this thesis. Now divide the piece of paper into two pieces, drawing a vertical line 2,2 inch from the left edge. Continue this line, not reaching the bottom edge of the sheet 2 inch. Then draw a horizontal line 2 inch from the bottom edge.

If you are using a laptop, there are programs in which you can convert text files into conspectus using the Corneille method.


Write down the main thoughts of the lecture


In the largest part of your sheet of paper, take notes, mark out the basic thoughts and reference words. Leave enough room for patching.

Add examples, schemes, diagrams and other additional materials that correspond to the lectures.


After the lecture, ask yourself a few questions


To come up with and write down these questions, use the left side of the page. These questions will help you understand some definitions, key points and so on. During the day or two, review your lectures. Thus, your perception of information will be much more effective.

Based on this material, you can come up with several questions for yourself. What do you think, what questions do you ask in the exam?

When you are teaching your notes for the exam, cover something on the right side of the sheet. Look, can you answer the questions that you wrote on the left side of the sheet.


At the bottom of the page, summarize the information from the lecture


In this part of the page, lectures should draw conclusions (or a brief summary). This will help you memorize the key points of the lecture.




If you missed a lecture, be sure to remember. So, you must remember that you need to take a note from other students and do not forget about the missed lecture without getting acquainted with the material.

Correct attitude. To listen and remember, you need to focus on this all the attention. Be ready to listen to the teacher and accept what he says, even if you do not agree with him to some extent.

Keep notes on each subject, store them in one place (for example, in exercise book or notebook). Check to see if your notes are in the correct order, if there are any headings and numbers for all lectures. It is best to use a notebook with removable sheets than a regular notebook, because in it you can put your notes on your own when it’s time to prepare for the exam.


Try to avoid any actions and moments that can distract you or others from taking notes (for example, do not draw doodles in the fields and don’t click the pen). Such actions interrupt the eye contact and reduce the concentration of attention, besides, most likely, they irritate others.


How to make entries (Part 3)