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5 Tips For Effective Note-taking

Effective note-taking tips

Effective note-taking is a crucial skill that can benefit students in many ways, including improving their retention of information and understanding of concepts. If you’re looking to help your child improve their academic performance, here are five tips for effective note-taking that you can share with them:

1. Typing versus Writing

While typing may be the more convenient option, research has shown that note-taking by hand is more effective for reinforcing learning. When students write notes by hand, they are more actively engaged with the material, which can lead to better retention of information. Additionally, it’s important to note that most exams, including PSLE and O levels, are still conducted using pen and paper. Therefore, encourage your child to take notes by hand, especially since Superstar Teacher’s online lessons come with supplementary course materials that can help them prepare for exams.

2. Add in visual elements

Visual aids are powerful tools for enhancing memory retention among students. Your child can add a splash of colour to their notes by using highlighters or coloured pens. Headings and key words can be highlighted or underlined for emphasis. Simple sketches and drawings can be beneficial for content-heavy subjects, such as Biology, as they aid in remembering details. Drawing lines and arrows to connect points and boxing up headings can also prove useful. Adopting this annotation approach can assist students in identifying clues and devising strategies for solving challenging questions.

3. Use the Cornell Method for taking notes in class

The Cornell Method is a popular and organised way of note-taking. Encourage your child to divide their paper into three sections: a main note-taking area, a cue column, and a summary section. In the main note-taking area, they should write down the key points and concepts from the lesson. In the cue column, they should jot down questions or keywords that will help them recall the material during revision. Finally, in the summary section, they should summarise the main points of the lesson.

4. Rewrite notes (+ keep things concise)

To help your child consolidate their learning, suggest rewriting their notes in a more organised and concise manner. Editing their notes to make them tidier and summarising the main ideas and key points can make it easier to review them later. They can also use abbreviations, bullet points, and headings to represent individual points. By doing so, your child can improve their retention of the material and better prepare for exams.

5. If you need to see how things are connected, consider using mind maps

Your child can also try creating a mind map while studying new ideas. Mind maps can be a less linear way of note-taking that can provide a visual representation of how concepts and ideas are connected. This can make information more memorable and help your child understand the big picture better.

In conclusion, effective note-taking is an essential skill for students to have so that they can improve on their understanding of concepts and better retain important information. By following these tips as well as with the use of Superstar Teacher’s online lessons and supplementary course materials, your child will be well on their way to academic success.

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