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Fives Tips on Taking Notes and Remembering Them


It’s only a month or so before the dreaded final examinations begin so you better take amazing notes for the rest of this semester. And since I’m a pretty nice guy I’ll let you in on some of the things I do to get the most out of my notes. And don’t fret, whether you’re taking notes by hand or typing, I got you covered.

Color Coordinate

Most highlighters today come in the standard yellow but there’s also the pink, orange and blue ones. Using colors not only helps your eyes quickly find key points you want to remember but it also helps associate those points to that specific color adding another layer of recognition. Also be sure to highlight the stuff you don’t know as it can be a helpful reminder to study them later. Using colors isn’t at all a new method of learning so why stop after elementary school?

Don’t Use the Entire Page

Some people fill up their notebooks like they were novels. Don’t do that unless you have completely mastered everything in your notebook. It’s important to leave space by skipping a few lines not just to create a clean format but to have a place for writing later. Any good student knows to go over their notes and most of the time you will have to make additional notes next to existing ones. Also, write on one side of the page so you can easily lay down all of your notes side by side and look over them. Before I became a good student, (it does happen overnight) I wrote my notes on the front and the back which led to annoying moments of constantly having to flip over pages. It’s a little thing but any sane human being will usually prefer having information laid out neatly in front of them instead of having to flip things over.


When it comes to really important info, I like to write BIG. You know, when the professor is nice enough to say, “This is going to be on the exam.” I like to write those things in massive chicken scratch. Why not? Why should we stay within the confines of those silly lines? College-ruled this, college-ruled that, who cares? Making the key points huge, or at least bigger than the smaller fluff adds another layer to our notes and enhances the colors we’ve already placed on them. And no, I’m not saying fill up half the page with a single quote but do feel free to go nuts and use up an extra line or two to emphasize the crucial stuff.

Draw Stuff

If you’re not into giant, colorful letters happily living in your notebook then you can always draw little symbols like stars or bullet points to emphasize the key points. And the drawing doesn’t have to end there, you can draw out flow charts of information or diagrams if you need to, circle things and make that Quotient Rule formula look like it’s in the middle of a burning inferno if you have to. Sometimes professors and textbooks just don’t provide the visual aid students need and when that happens it’s nice to draw it out. And even if there are available diagrams or charts, drawing them again helps refresh the memory. Be creative!

Edit and Rewrite Your Notes

If you go through all this trouble to take your notes but never look at them again after class, what’s the point? Be sure to go back through your notes and edit them as if it were some research paper worth half your class grade. During the editing process be sure to organize the notes by cutting things out, rearranging words or ideas, and making sure you know the key points including the ones you didn’t know. Some students may make quick edits here and there but when I edit my notes, it becomes a complete overhaul and I end up rewriting them entirely. For me it’s like literally hammering the information into my brain consciously and subconsciously. The fact that I’m writing them again puts extra emphasis on all of the notes which can only help retain the information.

And that’s it, you’ve made it to the end, congratulations! If you thought these tips helped or have tips of your own be sure to let us know below and if you need additional help be sure to check out Chegg’s Homework Help!


DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who draw upon their cultural heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, add creative value to their future employers, and serve their communities. For the 2012-13 academic year, five students will be recognized with an award of $500 each.

In 2003, many people had a hard time imagining the words “Amish” and “Internet” as compatible. Yet when DutchCrafters founder Jim Miller was looking for products to sell on an e-commerce platform that year, he found them within his own Amish and Mennonite heritage. Amish furniture represented integrity, authenticity and long-lasting value – precisely the alternative to cheap imported products that were flooding the Internet at that time. By offering a high level of customer service that matched the quality of the products, Miller was able to differentiate his brand through looking within his own heritage. Old and new were therefore brought together – heritage served as a context for innovation.

Whether you are in nursing, education, business or engineering, the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recognizes that the potential for creative value often lies within that which has been passed along to you from previous generations.

How will you draw upon your cultural heritage to shape your vocational aspirations, offer creative value to your future employer, and serve your community?


Applicants must:

  • Be high school seniors or graduates or be current undergraduate students
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university for the entire 2012–13 academic year (excluding proprietary and online schools)
  • Be U.S. citizens or maintain legal residency within the United States

Excluded from consideration are employees and relatives of employees of JMX International, the company that owns DutchCrafters.

Award Criteria

Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors:

  • Academic achievement and financial need
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The essay component of the application
  • Students from all disciplines and fields of study are invited to apply

Application deadline is July 31 for the 2012-13 academic year.

Selection of recipients is made by a scholarship committee appointed by JMX International, which includes JMX International employees and appointed volunteers. All scholarship recipients may be subject to a criminal background check. Recipients of a DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship shall not commit any act that indicates dishonesty or moral turpitude or that otherwise could materially injure the DutchCrafters reputation. If such an act is committed by a DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recipient, the award shall immediately be revoked. In no instance will any Director or Officer of JMX International play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Award Amounts

  • For the 2012-13 academic year, the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship will award five scholarships of $500 each.
  • Disbursements of the award will be made in two increments of $250 each – one for the first semester and one for the second semester of the academic year.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only.
  • The actual award amount will not exceed the total cost of the student’s tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board and other allowable expenses, less other gift aid known at the time of application. The scholarship award is contingent upon full-time enrollment.
  • Recipients will be announced on the DutchCrafters Facebook page on August 10, 2012.

How to Apply

The application consists of an information summary, a statement of financial need and a 750 word essay. Applications can be downloaded at and emailed to or mailed to:

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

1877 Porter Lake Dr.

Sarasota, FL 34240


City Year- Volunteer for America

A year of service is challenging, but also rewarding and fulfilling. While there is no typical corps member background, all corps members must have the ability to work on a team, be a leader, develop leadership skills and be ready to commit 10 months to full-time service.

Who We Are Looking For

Our corps members must also meet certain eligibility requirements.

To participate, you must:

  • Have a college degree or have attended some college, have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to dedicate 10 months to full-time service
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
  • Have served no more than 3 terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC or VISTA program
  • Agree to a background or security check

Previous experiences with service, tutoring, mentoring and leadership help strengthen candidacy.

Before You Apply

Before applying, City Year encourages you to:

Application Deadlines

Apply by: Notified after:
September 30 October 21
November 15 December 16
February 15 March 16
April 30 May 30