What is UP you guys! Welcome back to K is for Karly! Today we’re talking school. Because your girl is taking a spring class. How fun is that? *insert skull emoji here* Last week we talked about Best School Supplies For Your Spring/Summer Semesters and this week we’re putting them to the test. I’m going to show you how I do my study notes.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not an incredible student. Sometimes it takes every ounce of motivation I have to get out of bed and get myself to the library. But when I actually sit down with a plan and some cute school supplies I’m in the zone. Going into this semester I promised myself that I would sit down every single week from 11am-2pm and do my notes, online assignments, and complete the extra online chapters practice. Because your girl is actually taking this class again so we need to do fab, okay?
Let’s Take Some Bomb Study Notes
First things first it is now time to bring out your blank sketchbook. If you haven’t found your #1 yet check out my 3 Awesome School Supplies For Your Spring/Summer Semesters post! I find the best way for me to take study notes is with a blank canvas. It’s more helpful for creative people and I find I learn the best that way.
For this round of study notes I’m going to be studying for my accounting midterm. It’s on the first three chapters and my prof has yet to give us midterm prep. So, I’m just going to study EVERYTHING. (Trust me this will be beneficial when you’re looking back on your notes for finals!)
*update* since this was originally written my prof has now given us midterm prep. The midterm review page is dedicated to the three questions that are on the test. I will more than likely go back and re-write a condensed ch 1-3 page!
1. Break It Down
If the review is for more than one chapter I like to break it down. This way each chapter has its own individual page. I know this is use of a lot of paper but it honestly just works for me. Let’s start off by doing chapter 1! I always pop the title in the upper left corner and give it some kind of flare, after that it’s a free for all!
Chapter one focuses on types of businesses, who uses accounting info, and some career opportunities. As with all my chapters I like to go through the powerpoints one by one and see which points correlate with my class notes. And then i’ll focus on those. I try to keep my revision notes short and to the point so I really understand the concept in my own way. This generally means I do a lot of headers with bullet lists underneath.
In accounting there’s a lot charts so I reserve the back of my sheet for those. I fill in all of the headers and information and use “xxx” for dollar amounts in the charts. I’ll also go in an make little notes so I know how the chart is actually supposed to work.
Because we’re taking study notes for chapters 1, 2, and 3 I have to repeat the same process. I’ll do a header, write some lists, and draw some charts. It’s helpful to have to same type of layout on each chapter note so you can quickly reference things when you’re studying for your final.
Also, don’t worry if there’s some space left on your page! I really like to bring my notes with me after exam days and jot down notes about my midterm. Maybe there was a heavier emphasis on a certain part of chapter 2 that I needed to study more in the future. Maybe the career opportunities weren’t that important.
I just write the review notes directly onto the paper and file it away. BAM. Done.
3. Compile It
Okay I lied, we’re not done. We’re studying for a midterm girl! But now comes a bit of a stressful part. We’re compiling our study notes. You heard me. Three into one, baby.
This I swear is the actual thing that helps me out the most. Writing all of these points down three separate times really makes your brain remember them. It also helps you weed out what is needed and what is not needed. I find when I write my midterm note page it has to simplest, most condensed, and straight forward explanations of everything. This is especially handy when you’re cramming right before the midterm.
If I’m especially stressed over a certain topic I’ll usually review in backwards order. Start with the condensed version of the midterm notes. If I still don’t understand? I’ll head to the chapter section notes. If I still don’t get it at the point I’ll head to my notebook and review all of the extra information and examples I have written there. This forces me to really drive the idea into my head.
Not going to lie to you guys I take a break after every sheet is finished. It’s a ton of work to constantly be writing review notes and eventually it just becomes a habit. You want to actually absorb what you’re studying not just glaze over it. I find what works best for me when I’m doing longer sections is to implement the 20/10 rule. I’ll do 20 minutes of hard and focused work and then 10 minutes of rest. If I have an especially hard work load and am crunched a bit for time I generally like to do 25/5. Either way it adds ups to 30 minutes of your time.
I like to spend about 45 minutes on each section and spend the remaining time compiling everything together. For this class we generally get taught chapters in groups of three so it really works for the three hours I’ve allowed myself for note taking.
You’ve Freaking Got This
Remember you guys. School is tough. But so are YOU. Studying can also be a total pain in the butt but believe me when I say YOU NEED TO STUDY. Because if you don’t you’re going to end up having to either re take that class or begin that steep uphill climb of dragging your GPA up. Trust me, I’m currently in that boat.
It wasn’t until this spring semester that I really realized how effective it is to actually plan ahead in school. Now I’m finishing all my labs weeks before they’re due so I can just sit down and focus on the material. Not only is it making me a better student but it’s ensuring I’m actually getting my homework done as well.
I hope you all enjoyed this post! I’d love to see all your amazing notes and get some inspiration! What is your favourite way to take notes? Online? A notebook? Let a gal know below!
In Case You Were Wondering…
If you’ve came this far and have wondered what pens I took these study notes with here is the list!
Hope you guys enjoyed these little study notes! As always. Much love!