How to make Neat & Effective Language Notes〜
Note taking is a super effective way to recall information better. Many people want to take notes but they don't know where to start. I hope this post helps to inspire you to take neat and effective notes that you will want to look back at. Let's get started!
What are your notes about? You can make fancy headers like these or you can keep it simple. Either way, whatever works best for you.
There are many different methods when it comes to note taking. You can try the Cornell Method or make your notes into different sections based on a group of vocab or parts of speech. There are other great note-taking systems out there.
Writing Conjugation boxes on Sticky Notes
Writing your conjugation boxes on sticky notes and then sticking them to your notes are great when you're running out of space.
Pictures of amazing notes:
Thanks for reading!!
You have done it again! ;-) These are wonderful! I only write the new words of each lessons on the top of the page and then I write every sentence I get in the lesson under the words. I usually use different colours for the sentences and for explanations on grammar or new words which I pick up in the posts. Unfortunately, I have to search in my notes for quite some time if I need a word in particular. Irish does not have a word list and so I think, taking your examples,that I should make a place where I collect my vocabulary in alphabetical order. Starting now... ;-)
Excellent! And you complained of not having such decent post ideas...like I said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and not always the creator. Nevertheless, I hope you see how cool all of your posts have been. This is yet another triumph for you! Your posts are useful, inspiring, and neat. Everyone can see that, and I beseech you to see it also! Camille, you are such a valuable contributor here. Never forget that. :)
Excellent stuff. And let's not forget the ability of scent to trigger recall. People might like to consider sniffing lavender/rose petals/pickled onions etc when making important notes. Perhaps key pages could be soaked in garlic juice.... The idea being that it's quite easy to remember certain strong smells. Having brought a particular smell to mind, one should then remember writing the associated smelly page. I can't say how effective it is, but I find the idea of an exam hall full of language students smelling of gorgonzola and raw fish strangely appealing. :) EDIT: I forgot to say that one is supposed to carry something appropriately scented into the exam...
This is very cool, FrenchCamille, thanks for sharing. Some of us really benefit from taking notes by hand, and I always thought tidies notes made me more likely to learn as I wrote them, and also made the information easier to find later. But man, I used to think my study notes were nice from high school onwards but I clearly could have done better!
Honestly I don't really understand the point of a list of vocab words like in the second image. Far better to make them into flashcards (even better for most people, electronic flashcards) one can actually study from.
If the list is supposed to be notes from a class, it's not a good one since language teaching time can be much, much better employed than just giving students lists of vocab items (all the worse, low frequency ones: "sea star"?) to memorize.
even better for most people, electronic flashcards
I remember reading that actual physical flash cards are a bit more effective than digital ones. Of course that means more work for you but I think they might have a point. There's something about handling them...
There's solid evidence out there that handwritten notes are better than notes taken on a computer, but from what I understand that has to do with what is actually being recorded in the notes b/c there are big differences.
I haven't seen data on flashcards specifically. I know that not everybody may share my extreme distaste for the physical variety, but SRS is a valuable tool I think, and it's certainly easier with electronic assistance. I'm inclined to believe that per word written, handwriting has an advantage over typing. However, typing can be much faster, so per unit time spent, it could swing back the other way.
One is probably wise to consider the limitations of single word + translation flashcards more generally. The arguments for ones based on full sentences advanced by Gabe Wyner do seem to have a lot to recommend them.