How to make effective UNISA study notes
Without the support of lecturers and class mates, managing your study routine can get a bit tricky. Making effective Unisa study notes can maximise your productivity and reduce study time when exams creep up a bit too fast. Making good notes is a skill, and, like most skills, takes a bit of practice but is well worth the effort. Take time, take note and follow these steps.
Step 1 – Read
At this stage you are just trying to get a general sense of the content covered in the chapter. Don’t worry yourself about retaining all the information, but keep a pen and pad handy so you can jot down themes and sections that you think might be useful/relevant later.
Step 2 – Summarize
This step is about identifying and summarizing relevant content in the chapter. You will already have a sense of what is important from step one. Now summarize concepts and information in a logical way, leaving out information that is unnecessary. Create your Unisa study notes in a way that makes sense to you. Point form is useful for jotting down the raw essentials of the content covered. It is also useful to track the page numbers at the top of each section so you can easily refer back to your text book.
Step 3 – List Key Words
Building on your Unisa study notes from step 2, create a list of key words that further summarize the notes that you have created. Key words can often be names of concepts, but some key words are used to reflect the essence of an explanation. This might sound tricky, but essentially you have been through your notes 3 times and have easy reference to the content covered.
Step 4 – Highlight
Buy yourself a set of highlighters and re read your original notes. Highlight small sections that reflect your keywords while using a colour code system so that you can quickly differentiate the individual sections.
Once you have followed these steps you will have increased your information retention while creating an easy reference system for fast and efficient study time when exams roll around.
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