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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 is 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 you categorize information and grasp the relationship between different pieces of your material.

  • Highlight the 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're taking notes from your books.

  • This happens because normally 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 phrases 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 posted notes previously to writing down your notes.

  • You can stick a note on top of a paragraph and summarize it 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 also a good way if you are cramming for an exam and lack the time to make extensive summaries from your textbooks.

  • Also, try to incorporate your in class notes.

  • If the information from your classes overlaps with the information on 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 top of 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'll see you on my next video!

  • Bye!

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

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    minahuang posted on 2021/06/15
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