Attending lectures in the school or college must be supported with note-making to gain a complete grasp of the concerned topic. It is recommended to cultivate the habit of note-making to excel in academics and competitive exams.
Let us explore more and understand the importance of note-making here.
Taking notes is essential to have a written record of any lecture. It facilitates the student to understand the concept in a natural language, become an active listener and a learner, revise easily anytime, have additional notes on the subject, and more. It acts as a perfect hand guide to learn the subject.
It helps you to recall the subject matter quickly. Taking notes does not mean you have to write each line spelled out by your teacher as it is. An abbreviated version or a short note will help. You can opt for note-making after the lecture hours.
It is recommended to follow the Cornell format for note-taking and then proceed for note-making during the study hours.
Cornell Format for Note-taking:
|Subject Name, Date and Topic|
|Space for writing notes|
Example for Note-taking – Cornell Format:
|*Field around charge particle *exert force|
*attract or repel the charge
*path or line current flows
*form a loop
*open- no flow of current
Potential difference ∝ Current; V = IR
This implies that when you are listening to a lecture, you are just jotting down the points. During the study hours, you can make it in full form as required, such as writing in full sentences, completing the definition, and so forth.
It gives an ample opportunity to study once again, learn to write in your sentences, recall the lecture hour, and thus make revision easy.
There is no doubt that the points you jotted down, help to make notes and study for the academic exam.
Moving forward, let us see how this note-taking and note-making habit help for objective studies apart from academic exam purpose.
Importance of Note Making for Objective Studies:
Answering multiple choice questions is a tough task even for a rank student. Because the questions are usually indirect, picked up from a page of the textbook least visited by you, analytical, logical, thought-provoking, experimental, and more.
But, there is a quick path to excel in MCQs too. While taking notes, if you are alert enough to grasp the points, you can frame as many questions as possible from the pointers. Searching answers for them help you to understand the topic more broadly, think from different angles which are thought-provoking and experimental.
For instance, if we consider the above short note on electricity, many questions could be framed around the topic.
Let us see what they are.
Framed questions from the Short Notes/Key Notes of Electricity:
- What is an electric field?
- What is attraction/repulsion of an electric charge?
- How current flows?
- What is an open circuit?
- What is closed circuit?
- Why current does not flow in an open circuit?
- How an electric bulb glows?
- What is the unit of potential difference?
- What is the unit of resistance?
- What is the unit of a current?
- What is the formula for Ohm’s law?
- Give one example for the closed circuit.
- Give one example for an open circuit.
- How do you calculate electric power?
- Who created Ohm’s law?
- Do metals obey Ohm’s law?
- How do you calculate current?
- Give the mathematical form of Ohm’s law
And, the list goes on. From a single short note, you can frame multiple questions that help you to attend MCQs for competitive exams such as NTSE, Maharashtra Scholarship exam, and, etc. it also helps you to attend one mark and two mark questions in the academic exams as well.
The framing of questions and grasping the topic in-depth is not possible when you just copy the dictated notes and read directly from it for the academic exam or the competitive exams.
Note-taking during the lecture hours and note-making while studying helps you to gain an in-depth knowledge of a subject. It gives you ample opportunities to expand your knowledge, prepare mind maps, think of the subject, and also develop interest and enthusiasm on a topic.
Having a thorough grinding or brain-storming on a subject helps you to excel in academics and competitive exams. Let us understand more about its benefits.
Benefits of Note Making:
The benefits of note-making are versatile. Let us know the key benefits here.
- A short note is sufficient. There is no necessity to carry all the notes everywhere
- The ward-off of sleepy mood during long lecture hours
- Revising the subject for unit test/exam is made easy by a quick rundown of the points
- Discuss with the friends as a last minute back-up towards the exam hall
- Develop interest in the subject and its related topics
- Helps to excel throughout the academics and career as well
- Learn and know the subject beyond the prescribed textbook
- Frame questions around the topic for one mark questions
- Find answers and excel in MCQs through rigorous brainstorming hours
Cultivating the habit of note-making is essential for an academic student. It makes a student an active listener and learner as well. It paves the way to gain an in-depth knowledge of the subject instead of having gross knowledge.
This is necessary to score well in the board exams and attempt competitive exams that decide the future career of an individual.