Why Notes Making?
To seek the crux ask five questions to yourself
What are the
- Issues in the chapter.
- Arguments and Analyses.
- My Opinions about this.
- 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
- 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