Taking Great Review Notes

Taking great review notes is an important part of studying whether it is accounting or some other discipline.  The first part you have to decide is whether you are going to be an active or passive listener in your lectures.  That is, do you learn better writing everything down in your lectures or paying attention throughout and making notes afterwards.

For myself, I prefer to pay attention and take everything in as this gives me a chance to reflect later on.  Then using lecture handouts as a guide I prepare my own set of review notes adding to it along the way on what I learnt in the lecture.  This strategy is not for everybody.  You need to find the method that works best for you.

To do this practice one week taking notes throughout and then another listening and paying attention in class.  Then prepare your review notes and compare the quality of the two (or better yet get someone else to compare as we are not always our own best judge!).  

Once you decide on your strategy the best method is to make sure you are regularly taking review notes and then use them each week to revise the material for that week but for the previous weeks as well.  Be prepare to spend a minimum of three hours each week on this and remember and time spent on revision now is less time you have to spend cramming at the end.

Don’t leave everything to the review period right before the exams.  Work continually and you will not only do better on exams but you will reduce your exam stress and make your life much more enjoyable.

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