3 Fatal Reasons Why You SHOULDN’T Be Taking Notes When Studying

Master How To Learn

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TL;DR: 3 reasons: ignoring the opportunity cost when far superior methods are present, misaligned actions with goals, and busywork as useful work.

My Definitions:

By taking notes I mean what you do during your own study sessions: creating notes by summarizing from the textbook, highlighting important parts on your notes, and review your notes later by re-reading. I don’t mean taking notes from your teacher or professor during class or lecture, summarizing what being is said.

Highlighting: in the literature, it means doing so on the textbook. In this article, I refer to highlighting on your notes.

Summarizing: rewriting from the textbook version to your own simplified version

Rereading: rereading your notes for revision

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