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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!

Headers

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.

Different Methods

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!!

-Camille

February 18, 2018

47 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/birgit72635

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... ;-)

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle

Words lists are so important. I wish I had one for Hebrew! You can look back and see what you've learned that way. It might be good to divide into nouns, verbs, etc.

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Aww thanks! I'm so glad to have helped!

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/birgit72635

Well, I have to thank you. :-)

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Ha thanks

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Irish does not have a word list

  1. Open your French tree
  2. Go to Discussion
  3. Open a new browser tab and go to your Irish tree
  4. Return to the tab from #2 and click on Words

It'll be your Irish word list. Don't know what use it is, but enjoy :)

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

Thanks, this is the first time this has worked for me in a long time. :)

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

The website migration added the quirk of having to make sure you're on a site that's still on the old platform for the first part, hence step 2 :)

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB

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. :)

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Omg Lauriana! You are so kind! There needs to be more you's in the forums. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB

<3 thank you Camille:))!!!

Well, to think of it, I am in my head this very minute composing two new post ideas for the coming week. So you may get your wish ;)...

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Yay!!!!! I can't wait!

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/npLam

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...

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Very true indeed!

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuno275251

Good post Camille.

Good ideas are never that far away. :)

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Thank you Nuno.

And yeah, good ideas really aren't that far away.

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I understand that 'bumping up' an old thread as you have just done is frowned upon, unless you have a legitimate reason to move it from one forum to another.

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

I was searching through old threads of mine and realized that this one was in the Spanish forum. I wasn't even aware of "bumping up old threads" if they were placed in the wrong forums.

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Ah, well that is a legitimate reason, so no problem, then. However, if you do move threads, they will be moved to the top position in a new forum, and some people have used this abusively. Being unaware of your motives, I thought I should point this out.

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Why is that a feature?! Can't people just fix the forum of their post discreetly

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Funny thing is, I don't remember this post being in the Spanish forum. It was here before. I was even following the thread when I clicked on it today.

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Bug?

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jellei

It's in the Polish forum now ;)

March 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TonyStark1822

Nice!!!!!!

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Thank you very much! ❤️

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle

Nice ideas!

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Thanks!

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot

You are a brilliant person.

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Ha thanks. You're pretty bright yourself.

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lullabia

Thank you very much for posting this! I believe that keeping a language learning notebook is very helpful! =) Have some lingots!

♫ Lullabia ♫

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Thanks!

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

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!

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

I wish I had had these tips when I was in school! Who knew that notetaking was such an artform!

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Haha yeah! and thanks

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.

Haha, I agree:)

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lil-bub-11T7

Wow, are those actually your notes? They're amazing!! Good job!

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

No, they are from @studyquill, whom of which you can find on basically all social media platforms. My notes are greatly inspired by her though.

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/isolated.

Lovely post once again!

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieJenny

Thank you! This has inspired me to resume using the notebook I started last year but haven't used for several months. It's an invaluable tool and I need to start using it again -- today!

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

I'm glad I inspired you to continue using your notebooks!

Best of luck!

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

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.

February 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuno275251

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...

February 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

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.

February 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.

Thanks for again a really helpful post! Now I feel bad about my own notebooks....

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Your notebooks are amazing!

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tiramisues

This post really makes me want to learn pretty handlettering...

That said. Most of the notes I take are electronic, handwritten notes always turn into a mess for me...

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

Aha. Electronic notes are harder for me sometimes.

March 9, 2018
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