Study skills are something that seem inherently customizable. Everyone has a different way of studying, right? Turns out, there are some generalized tips to help build an organizational system to keep information in order, how to take effective notes, and exam tricks to get an A. We took to one of the best resources for learning several subjects: Crash Course.
This YouTube channel, started by Hank and John Green and some colleagues, allows all students to learn about several topics, including, but not limited to: Physics, Entrepreneurship, Literature, Intellectual Property, and Study Skills!
The Study Skills series is hosted by Thomas Frank, is a Management Information Systems graduate from Iowa State University. He has a book dedicated on being a better student, has his own YouTube channel, podcast with his best friend, and website. For more information on Thomas, head to the College Info Geek website.
We won't be covering all of the videos in this course, but here are some of the best tips for everyone:
What Should I take my Notes ON?
While there have been several debates about whether one should take notes on a computer or on paper, there are pros and cons to both methods.
For actually taking notes, Thomas talks about the three main ways to take really good notes: outline method, Cornell method, and mind mapping. There are some key features that should be on every set of notes, though. Thomas recommends to focus on big ideas, bullet lists, examples (and how you can recreate them on your own), and terms and definitions.
How Do I take Notes?
Thomas mentions three general note-taking methods that are used: the outline method, the Cornell method, and the mind mapping method. The outline method is the one everyone is more familiar with, where you take bullet-style notes that look like, well, an outline. The Cornell method is a way to quickly write down the key points from lecture, and then a 1-2 sentence summary is written at the bottom of the page. Lastly, the mind mapping method is one in which there is a main idea in the center of the page, and points branch out from the main idea. You can do this method both on paper and on some websites. Here is how they look:
Hopefully, these few insights will help you take better notes during lectures or from textbooks, or help you explore more note-taking methods! For more information on this specific topic, please refer to the original YouTube video: