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Taking notes effectively in the classroom

Whether you are studying in school or in a college, taking notes is an important part of your everyday student life

Teaching and learning have moved to a different level. Now the approach is more interactive and elaborative. Taking notes, hence, has now become even crucial to succeed in your academics. Whether it’s your school, college or coaching, notes are something universal. However, there is a remarkable difference between taking notes merely and taking notes effectively. Taking notes is not just writing down everything that the teacher is saying, but creating a draft of what the teacher s trying to explain.

Many students complain that although they understand well in class, the notes that they take down often miss out relevant points. It’s not something uncommon, as when the lecture is delivered the students might not be taking notes effectively. Here are a few tips to help you in taking notes in the classroom effectively.

Before the lecture

Use a large loose-leaf notebook and use only one side of the paper. You can then layout your notes to see what all was covered in class and also you can add something later in between. Treat the margin of your notebook (a vertical line 2 and a half inches from the left) as the recall column, where keywords or phrases can be written later.

During the lecture

Take notes in bullet form. Capture general ideas and not illustrative ideas. Skip lines to show the end of ideas or thoughts. Use WhatsApp language and abbreviations that you can easily understand later. You can also underline major points and keywords.

After the lecture

Read through your notes immediately after the lecture to avoid any confusion in the future. Use the column and make your notes more legible if necessary. Record the ideas or keywords that will give you the idea of the lecture. You will have to reread the ideas of teacher and reflect in your own words.

While the lecture is still fresh in your mind, you can fill in from memory the facts and example which you might have missed during the lecture. Also, you can recall which all topics were unclear to you and can consult your classmate or teacher for further clarification. Immediately review results in better retention than a review after a long period. Unless you review within24 hours after the lecture or at least before the next lecture your retention will drop, and you will be relearning rather than reviewing.

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Failures are upsetting for everyone, its necessary to hold yourself and get stuck. In this article some you can find some general tips to cope up with exam failures.

Success Comes to diligent and determined candidates,it’s an undeniable truth! But this doesn’t mean that those who fail are non diligent. Albert Einstein failed his university entrance exams, when he was just 17 years old. He, who is one of the most outstanding mathematical physicists of the century. A bad result or failure never means a full stop, it’s a comma to move ahead at road to achieve what you desire.

Be it that you are in CBSE, ICSE or state boards you are already under pressure of performance. And then comes another demand to gain good scores in competitive exams. And it is definitely not easy to gain good marks. There are situations when less marks could be depressing for students. Here are some tips to keep yourself boosted. And feeling dejected is is very normal at some or other avenue in life.

At first try not to Overthink about it. Of course it is tough call at that very moment.but understand the fact, Failure is not the end, it could be a new beginning. If in any exam you do not score good marks that doesn’t mean you should quit. At this point in time you must try to stop thinking about failure. Try to accept that if you become sad also it can not increase your marks. 

Try to distract yourself come out of your study zone. You can spend more time with friends and family. In short try to be away from things and surroundings which might stress you.

Treat yourself as nicely as you can. There is nothing to feel shy about. You know yourself better than anyone else. You can best understand how to keep yourself happy. And it is utterly sensible to do activities that will calm you down. And once you are over it you can think to re-start you preparations.

And try to keep in mind that, key to success is never give upon yourself

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