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Imagine taking your notes during the class and then going home with the entire lesson memorized.

Your grades would improve. You’d have a lot of leisure time. And you’d never do an all-nighter again. Sounds impossible? It’s not. There are several note-taking systems that can help you do this. You just have to figure out which one works best for you:

1. The Outline Method

This technique is based on bullet points and hierarchy, and you can use it to write down all the main points in the lecture. The next step is to get into detail with each main idea by using secondary bullet points, numbers or any other symbol. The Outline method is probably the simplest note-taking system you can use and you can easily use it in eFaqt.

outline take better notes


2. The Mindmap Method

Take a blank piece of paper and draw a circle in the middle of it. Then add the main idea of your lesson and start branching out all the secondary topics. Eventually, you will have a lot of little trees on your page, each of them illustrating a detailed idea. If you want to use your computer, you can create effective mindmaps using our mindmap tool!

take better notes mindmap efaqt


3. The Cornell Method

Even though it dates back to the ‘50s, many students still use the Cornell Method when taking notes. What you need to do is divide your paper into three different segments: the cue column, the note-taking column, and finally, the summary.  In the note-taking column, you write your usual notes during the lecture. After the class has ended, you write down cues or questions in the Cue column to help you review the notes later. In the last section, you create a short summary of the lesson. This way, you won’t have to restructure your notes again because you will make them strong and reviewable from the start.

cornell method take better notes


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