“Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead (1861 – 1947), English mathematician and philosopherBy the way, if my previous post suggested to anyone that I have something against versioning, let me point out here that I am not opposed to it. I prefer applications that have this feature built in, like ConnectedText. Git and other systems are an option as well. But there needs to be a clear difference between different versions. Intermingling new and old versions or drafts is the problem, as far as I am concerned.
Academic skills centers and other authorities on effective study skills consider reviewing and editing class notes to be the most important part of notetaking and essential to increasing learning capacity.
- It is extremely important to review your notes within 24 hours.
- Edit for words and phrases that are illegible or don’t make sense. Write out abbreviated words that might be unclear later.
- Edit with a different colored pen to distinguish between what you wrote in class and what you filled in later.
- Fill in key words and questions in the left-hand column.
- Note anything you don’t understand by underlining or highlighting to remind you to ask the instructor.
- Compare your notes with the textbook reading and fill in important details in the blank spaces you left.
- Consider rewriting or typing up your notes. (Ellis).
1. Some of these tips deal specifically with notes taken on paper, of course.