Sage Sarah: Note Taking

Yup, it's me again. I'd go through the whole dramatic intro but this series is on a schedule. We all know what's going on at this point.  At least I hope so. If you're new here, I'd suggest checking out the last articles. Read at your own risk. This week I'm tackling the ever useful, note-taking. Here we go.

  1. Organization

    Guess what, keeping things neat can solve some of your problems. Crazy right? Yeah, cleaning and organizing isn't always a top priority, but at this point in our lives, I think we can handle it. Have designated notebooks for different subjects. If you mix algebra with history you're going to end up with George Washington as an answer to an equation and teachers are really going to question your sanity. Make it color coded because it's fun and we're all secretly five-year-olds. If you have a binder, awesome, even more opportunities.

  2. Online Notes

    If you're someone who prefers to take notes online, well this one's for you. Personally, I'm old fashioned, writing on paper type of gal. I know right, I'm practically living in the stone age. Call me Wilma Flintstone. Anyway, online notes are fun because they can be collaborative. I recently came across a really cool idea. Create a document that's shared with your classmates and everyone can add notes as they see fit. If anyone is confused about something they can mark it and another classmate can explain it. Whoever came up with this is one sneaky genius. I approve.

  3. Just Don't Be A Mess

    Based on this title, I'm sure you can tell this is truly professional advice. For real, just don't be a mess like me. My notes from freshman year look like morse code crossed with hieroglyphs that only I understand. If you're an old lady like me who still uses pencils, keep your handwriting neat. Actually, write out what you're trying to convey. As I have a tendency to write a small snippet of something I want to remember, come back later and have no idea what the frick frack I meant. As the five-year-olds we are, highlight things with fun colors. Notes may seem boring, but things can only be boring if you let them. Make it fun. Colors? Fonts? Spice it up!

Yet another week of advice coming to a close. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Never fear, I'll be back next week. Until then, go highlight something or whatever. Honestly, I'm only here for suggestions. You can lead the student to the ridiculously sarcastic advice but you cannot make them highlight their notes.