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  • Hello guys!

  • For this video I'm going to show you how you can take notes from your textbooks

  • in order to make the most condensed summaries to help you study before your exams.

  • Just grab your book and some paper and let's get started!

  • The first thing I do is to reference the title of the material I'm going to summarize

  • and the pages of the book my notes are referring to.

  • I like to have a little bit of fun with the titles of my notes,

  • and that also helps with visualizing your material

  • and making this process more creative.

  • Skim through the text you want to summarize

  • and try to divide it as much as possible

  • into manageable chapters or paragraphs.

  • The more structure your notes have,

  • the easier it will be to memorize them.

  • Afterwards, I just start to take my notes.

  • I try as much as possible to divide each subchapter

  • in a clear way, so I can reference back easily.

  • To select relevant information

  • I'll read a paragraph from my textbook

  • and after reading, I'll then proceed to write down what I thought was important.

  • It's crucial to always use your own words for this process

  • and never copy exactly what you read in your textbook.

  • Also, don't rush!

  • Read slowly if you have to, and write short sentences.

  • You don't need to write a long phrase to summarize the page or paragraph you are working on.

  • The shorter the sentence, the more impact it will have

  • and you'll memorize it a lot better.

  • You can also group those sentences in bullet points

  • Studying through a bullet-form let's you categorize information

  • And grasp the relationship between different portions of your material.

  • Highlight things that you think you need to remember on the long run

  • or are perfect to summarize a big portion of information.

  • Use symbols to make relevant phrases pop out.

  • I like to draw warning signs before a sentence

  • that is crucial for me to remember.

  • Don't use too many colors!

  • Working with colors in your notes

  • is good when you're taking lecture notes

  • because you are categorizing your information as you hear it.

  • But it's actually better to keep a monochromatic scheme

  • if you are taking notes from your books.

  • This happens because book summaries are the ultimate piece of information

  • that you read and they're already stripped out of

  • everything useless for you to learn.

  • Since you have to remember everything that's on that paper,

  • using colors would only make some sentences seem more important

  • when they all have the exact same importance.

  • So keep your color scheme minimalistic!

  • A good way to learn how to summarize your textbooks

  • in an efficient way

  • Is to use sticky notes previously to writing down your notes.

  • You can stick a note on top of a paragraph

  • and summarize the paragraph through your own words on that sticky note

  • without reading what's underneath

  • Then, without looking at that same sticky note,

  • You should write what you've READ in your notebook.

  • That represents a double effort

  • in memorizing your material.

  • Also, summarizing a textbook

  • through sticky notes

  • is a good way if you are cramming for an exam

  • and lack the time to make extensive summaries from your books.

  • Also,

  • try to incorporate your in class notes.

  • If the information from your classes overlaps with the information from your book,

  • don't write it twice.

  • However,

  • if you find certain pieces of information

  • in your lecture notes that don't appear in your book,

  • be sure to write them down

  • so you have the most thorough possible summaries.

  • If you want,

  • signal those parts with a symbol

  • so you know where that piece of information comes from.

  • Also, don't neglect supplemental material!

  • This means that, if you find charts or tables

  • you need to find a way to incorporate them into your material

  • or your notes will be incomplete.

  • One way to do this is just to draw them on your summaries

  • directly on paper or on a sticky note.

  • If you don't have the time,

  • you can also write down the pages where that supplemental material appears

  • so you can go back and check out what's missing in your notes.

  • I hope you've found this video useful for future studying!

  • If you are new here,

  • don't forget to subscribe to my channel

  • and give this video a giant thumbs up!

  • I will see you on my next video!

  • Bye!

Hello guys!

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How to Take notes From Textbooks // 12 Tips for Note-Taking!

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    minahuang   posted on 2016/01/01
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