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Mr West

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Best Methods of Note Taking
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:33:05 pm »
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Hey guys,

what are the best methods of note taking that you have used in bio that have worked for you?

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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 02:48:36 pm »
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I just wrote notes when my teacher was talking and whilst watching Edrolo. I used multiple colours ie. a different colour for definition/examples. Outside of class I preferred doing summary sheets rather than writing coupious notes.

I didnít have a textbook, but if I did I would not take lots of notes as that would just lead to repeating what is already in the textbook. I canít emphasise summarising enough - and drawing. Lots of concepts in biology can be summarised or drawn in diagram which helped me to remember things.


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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 02:51:55 pm »
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I would generally try to scrawl down as much as possible in class, then use these combined with other resources such as connect notes to make neat and comprehensive notes in time for SACs. Then I would use the SAC notes to type up super comprehensive notes for the exam that covered the whole study design. All in all, I feel like a lot of bio is just writing notes and burning content into your brain while also fully understanding the intricacies of the course; and the best way of doing that for me was to continually write and refine my notes using a multitude of sources.
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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 07:18:49 pm »
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print out slides beforehand (bio teacher did this for us) and annotate them with anything the teachers says.

I didn't really write much notes for bio outside of the stuff I did during the summer holidays since I already had a comprehensive set of notes  (Dr.Has Perera).
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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 07:19:18 pm »
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I did something similar to quantum.
My notes were always dot points and I often drew lots of diagrams of concepts which were complex or hard for me to understand. I always left a bit of space under each section so that I could add to it later if needed.
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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018, 10:00:37 pm »
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During my biology classes I always hand wrote notes whilst my teacher talked/lectured. I prefer hand writing notes because it allowed me to copy down diagrams my teacher drew and also because I felt like it retained the information in my memory. The notes I took at school during class were only roughly copied so I never bothered to make them pretty, I would then go home and copy down what I learnt into another notebook - one that I actually kept neat. This helped me revise and made sure I knew everything I learnt during that day, if not I would revise what I didn't understand. I also made cue cards to test myself/ give to a friend to quiz me. Hope these help!!

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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 05:29:29 am »
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I use an exercise book in class to write down anything important the teacher explains that may not be in the textbook and important things that may be in ppt slides. Then before a sac I would use the dot points from the study design to write down detailed notes from both my textbook and class notes. If you feel like thatís too much info to remember try to condense each dotpoint into a page! :)

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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 09:47:47 am »
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I would handwrite notes in class using the cornell system (teacher set this as compulsory). I used a colour system (formal definitions, informal explanations, key info etc.) and used diagrams and tables extensively.

I also did chapter summaries in a seperate book.

I didnít really read-over my notes as such, but I referred to them when I wanted to clarify a paticular piece of information or topic.
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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 09:38:49 pm »
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Definitely agree with everything above!

Something extra to consider: It's a good idea to determine how you learn best whether that be aural, visual, written etc.
I found that I learnt best through writing out summaries from a range of sources using all the skills mentioned above. However, if you learn best through listening you may find listening to podcasts and in class more useful or if you learn best visually you may like to create mindmaps and diagrams instead

All depends what's best for you :)
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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2018, 09:50:42 pm »
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I reckon flash cards were really helpful especially for learning processes like photosynthesis and key ways of structuring your evolution responses. Using anagrams along with that can help heaps as well
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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2018, 10:01:49 pm »
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I would handwrite notes in class using the cornell system (teacher set this as compulsory). I used a colour system (formal definitions, informal explanations, key info etc.) and used diagrams and tables extensively.

I also did chapter summaries in a seperate book.

I didnít really read-over my notes as such, but I referred to them when I wanted to clarify a paticular piece of information or topic.
Speaking about the Cornell system, I am currently using it right now for my Chemistry notes and I highly recommend it for you all, specifically for the Science subjects. They really help a lot. 'Gotta revise early or won't get a good score!' BTW- make sure you what a video about how to use the Cornell system. It's very simple and more over effective than normal note taking in my opinion.
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Re: Best Methods of Note Taking
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 09:59:47 am »
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I reccomend checking out various studygrams and study youtubers. they are really great. I personally love Lydia Violeta and Mariana's Study Corner. Sometimes the "prettiness" of the notes isn't worth the time it takes, but you can still take inspiration for efficient and neat notes that are inviting to read through