Taking Summary Notes
Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of the most important presidents in American history. He was well known for his energy and productivity.
Lincoln’s productivity secret was to use sharper tools to get the job done more efficiently.
He said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”
Let’s get practical, education system in India is mostly fact based and textbooks are lengthy and boring. We can’t help it.
Moreover, Indian examinations are designed in such a manner that they mark you on your capabilities to remember certain facts (Eehhhh! Cramming) and writing them in examination halls.
Truly speaking based on my experiences, howsoever good tagging and marking I do there is always gonna be humongous amount of data. Then what’s the solution.
Here we get to my story, In my Intermediate examinations, I got to prepare for 7 subjects in a row and struggling with theory subject is not a new phenomenon in CA examinations.
Considering the volume of the data to learned and remembered, I started a practice of preparing summary notes.
What are summary notes?
Summary notes are concise short summaries of your entire textbooks or class notes. Summary notes mainly incorporates all important definitions, points, section numbers or flowcharts which are more likely to come in exams.
Having summary notes by my side reduced the burden of reading through obnoxious amount of 500-600 pages in textbooks.
On the other side, summary notes helped me to get the most important crux from text books in merely 70-80 pages, which is AWESOME isn’t it.
Advantages that may accrue to your side
- It reduces amount of pages that our mind has to deal with. Believe me you’re gonna thank me for this later.
- Eliminates the stress of going through a bulky textbook and get your life sorted.
- Helps you to become more strategic and let you the analyse examination pattern to determine what you need to include and what you need not.
- Less is awesome; when realize that you have to study from few content rich sheets of paper, it helps your mind to retain the most important bits of content.
- Less is more; I need not to explain you who will get good marks, One student who revises 3-4 times from 500 pages of bulky textbooks or another student who revises at least 10 times from 70 pages of sheets. In this way it improves your speed of revising before final examinations.
I’ll advice to try this method for at least one of your chapters, you will save a lot time while revising. Moreover, I’ll advice you to prepare the summary notes right when you start reading from textbooks.
Please note that I am not asking you to abandon your textbooks. Even while taking summary notes you will be required to refer textbooks for various concepts.
I have seen many students, who face problems with this method, primarily with actually considering what to include and what not to include in the summary notes. As a student, everything seems important. You will feel urge to include everything from textbook since everything is important.
Hell, NO!! Not everything is important. You have to be rationale and vigilant. Need to chose what to include and what not to add. One advice, I can give is study past examination problems. You will get more clarity as what to include and what to avoid.
However,following this kind of systematized note taking might save you time as well as mental burden.
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Author: Prajjwal Kaushik
Being a CA aspirant, I had to deal with a lot of study pressure. I studied and learned about various study techniques adopted by the students worldwide to deal with my own study burden. I write about study hacks and tips to help you build a remarkable school/ college experience.