It’s impossible to find a 100% fool proof way to study. The real key to being able to study anything is good notes. I do my best to work it a thousand different ways, from definition sheets to drawing things out in my uncharacteristically shiny pens. So far I’ve been having a hard time with the proportions of body parts, it’s easy to know the names of parts and functions but being able to understand where something is and where it’s parts begin to stray from a direct path into many new ones can feel impossible.

Here are a few basic note taking styles that you can mix and match until you find a preference for certain subjects or types of information.

Take group notes, this can be a shared google doc you and a few smart friends type on or you can take turns with note taking during lectures with people you really trust.

A more difficult method is the split page method which when mixed with crazy sized handwriting and diagrams it can become hard to interpret. But all you do is draw a line vertically down the middle of the page and take textbook notes on one side and take lecture notes that correlate on the other, this way you get the heavy technical side as well as tidbits your teacher may have to offer and a place to put topics that you didn’t know were important from the readings.

Cornell Notes are a very well known form of note taking which can be very helpful, but in public school is often used in all the wrong ways. Here’s a good place to learn the correct way of using this method, straight from Cornell University. http://lsc.cornell.edu/study-skills/cornell-note-taking-system/ (this site also has other study tips and tricks that can be very useful)

Pictures/ Diagrams are not only good for mapping conceptual pieces but getting a better understanding how each part of a system or chain effects work. A visual aid is a really important part of being able to understand the literal application of things.

Colored notes are a great way to visually stimulate your mind, plus when you have stock piles of notes it’s an easy way to quickly sift through them to get exactly what you need.

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