How To Make Effective Notes

How To Make Effective Notes

Why Notes Making?

To seek the crux ask five questions to yourself

What are the 

  1. Issues in the chapter.
  2. Arguments and Analyses.
  3. Evidence.
  4. My Opinions about this.
  5. What other writers say about this issue.
  • Revise: You revise maximum data in minimum time.
  • Consolidated: Collective extracts from different sources and You get everything in one place.
  • Aligned: Data aligned or in a proper sequence that you have to study for the preparation of the exam.
  • Builds your writing skills.
  • Easy to understand and learn


Key Points in Notes Making

In this stage, students prepare a page to take notes usually A4 sized blank sheets.

  • Divide the sheet into two columns, the left column is for question or information added later and the right column is for note-taking from books, lectures, etc.
  • Paraphrase the lectures in your own words so it will make more sense in understanding.
  • Leave spaces and lines between main ideas to add information later.
  • Develop abbreviations and write in phrases or in bullet points, not full sentences.
  • Use flow diagrams, charts, maps or tables
  • Indicate key ideas by using highlighters or color pens
  • Always keep the syllabus and previous years’ questions with you.


Two sets of Notes

Before Prelims: Relatively more elaborated

After Prelims: Absolutely to the point

Before Prelims:

  • Current Affairs: For current affairs make digitized notes as they are dynamic in nature (Changing Nature). Be organized and to the point.
  • Integrated Notes: Use A4 size blank sheet
  • (Integrated Notes = Static Resources + Current Affairs + Notes/Materials)
  • First Read: Go through all your static resources, current affairs, etc.
  • Make Notes.
  • Highlight Resources.
  • Use Maps, Diagrams, Flow Charts, etc.

After Prelims – Final Notes

  • Read existing notes
  • Take fresh page make to the point notes
  • Add any new current affairs or related data directly

Here your final notes are ready for examination


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