Four tips to organize your study notes.
Study in a snap with organized notes.
Studying can feel intimidating. Maybe your notes are all over the place, in hard-to-read notebook scribbles or scattered across computer applications. Or maybe you don't have a note-taking system in place at all, leaving you unable to locate the information you need when you need it. That's where a study guide can help.
Try these tips to keep your notes organized so that when that test comes up, your notes — and your mind — are prepared.
Top tips to organize study notes.
- Clearly label. Title each day of notes in the same format: date, class, topic. That way, when you're sorting through them, you know you're not missing anything.
- Choose your method. Understand how you best process information. Does the information stick better if you write it by hand and in separate notebooks for each class? Or, if that's too slow or messy, do you prefer the clean outline of a computer document?
- Build your structure. Build a note-taking structure so that you can easily find them when you study. Maybe each class gets its own notebook. Or maybe you organize your notes into thematic folders on your desktop. Maybe it's a hybrid where you scan in your handwritten notes, merge them by topic, and compress them on your computer. Whatever the system, make sure you know where to find the information you're looking for — and that the process helps you internalize the information as you go.
- Start now. It's never too late to begin organizing. Start today, by implementing these organizational habits moving forward. Once you have a solid, streamlined process, you might even feel inspired to backfill past notes into your system.