Brain Tip of the Week: Take and Make Notes

Have you ever opened up your notes right before an exam and realized you had no idea what they meant? Sure, you remember writing them down. But you have no idea what it is you supposedly learned that day.

We’ve all been in that situation. Luckily, it’s one you never have to be in again. Just follow our Brain Tip of the Week: Take and make notes.

The first part of this is that you have to take notes, whether you’re sitting in a lecture or a meeting. Our education has trained us to be passive and sit quietly. But learning isn’t a spectator sport; it’s active. Lots of us are too shy to raise our hand and ask questions, which is a great way to stay engaged and learn more. But we all can take notes.

Of course, you have to take the right kind of notes – and that’ where making notes comes in. Next time you’re in a  lecture or meeting, fold a piece of paper in half. On the left side, write “Capture” and on the right side, write “Create.” Then, do exactly that.

What does that mean? “Capture” is the kind of notes you’ve always taken – just write down whatever you want to remember.

The “Create” side is what’s going to keep these notes fresh in your mind. What are your impressions? How will you use this? What questions do you have? How does this relate to what you already know? What symbols can you use to express this?

Remember: learning is all about connecting different bits of information. The more connections you can make between new and old information, the more likely you are to remember it.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Photo Credit: zilupe via Compfight cc

Have you ever opened up your notes right before an exam and realized you had no idea what they meant? Sure, you remember writing them down. But you have no idea what it is you supposedly learned that day.

We’ve all been in that situation. Luckily, it’s one you never have to be in again. Just follow our Brain Tip of the Week: Take and make notes.

The first part of this is that you have to take notes, whether you’re sitting in a lecture or a meeting. Our education has trained us to be passive and sit quietly. But learning isn’t a spectator sport; it’s active. Lots of us are too shy to raise our hand and ask questions, which is a great way to stay engaged and learn more. But we all can take notes.

Of course, you have to take the right kind of notes – and that’ where making notes comes in. Next time you’re in a  lecture or meeting, fold a piece of paper in half. On the left side, write “Capture” and on the right side, write “Create.” Then, do exactly that.

What does that mean? “Capture” is the kind of notes you’ve always taken – just write down whatever you want to remember.

The “Create” side is what’s going to keep these notes fresh in your mind. What are your impressions? How will you use this? What questions do you have? How does this relate to what you already know? What symbols can you use to express this?

Remember: learning is all about connecting different bits of information. The more connections you can make between new and old information, the more likely you are to remember it.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Photo Credit: zilupe via Compfight cc

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