Handwriting might be a lost art, but it has a deep connection with memory and knowledge retention. This is the reason why mentors always emphasize that every student should make handwritten notes in the classroom. Most students know they need a flexible approach to solve their problems during examination. And among the many skills they use to study the most common one is “Jugad”. Jugad for study is a skill through which they find a good source to get handwritten notes from friends, toppers, seniors, etc.
Teacher- “You need better grades? Did you make any notes in the regular classes?”
Ajay- Sir, I think it’s not a novel idea; rather it is an old one.
This post focuses on two crucial aspects related to revision. First, ‘How handwritten notes are important for students?’ and second, ‘How it is helpful for revision at the time of exam?’
So first, let’s resolve Ajay’s misconception and explain how handwritten notes are not an old mythological concept in modern student’s life and how it can help them achieve definite goals?
Improve your memory
Writing notes during class improves your memory. Handwritten notes allow you retain your learnings better, as often there’s a possibility of forgetting them as soon as the lecture door closes. These self-written notes reduce the chances of missing out potentially important information and saves you from the temptation of reading in speed or simply glancing over printed notes. We all know the week before exams is the time when everyone makes unspoken vows to write down more notes in class, cursing days wasted playing Angry Birds Space under the desk. Making your own notes will not only help you understand things better but when you will start writing in your own words and handwriting, you will definitely remember it for a longer duration.
Don’t let your mind wander
There is less scope of becoming digressed when you pen down your notes. There are plenty of ways to distract you online and offline, along with many electronic devices that grab your attention. So if you feel you get easily distracted, rather leave your phone at home, bring a notepad with a pen and you’ll be good to go. Various studies reflect that a major percentage of the class was busy using phone applications or searching the web when they should have been writing the notes from the lecture. It’s so easy to fall for distractions like opening Facebook while using an electronic device.
Go old school and rewrite your notes by hand. Just a little bit of trial-and-error, you can find the method that works for you and stick to it like your life depends on it. Or, at least, like your ranks do!
Now, let’s talk about How handwritten notes are helpful at the time of revision during exams?
- As we all know the exam of IIT-JEE 2018 is around the corner, but some students are still searching for good notes written by toppers and rankers of their coaching class. Notes are important especially when there is short period of time left i.e. few days left for JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. So still you have some time to lift up with the notes, here are some key points to phrase your notes while your extreme classes:
- Notes should be short and simple; terminologies, charts, tables or bullet points are good approach to curtail the information into a form that is easy to grasp later for revision during examination. Notes can help you to engage within and understand the topic more precisely, and then at the time of exams they will help you remember in details. Keep it straightforward!
- Try not to copy down theory or formulae as it is in your handwritten notes instead of that pen down the tricks and shortcuts interpreted by your mentor at the coaching class. Notes made during the lectures are the best way to revise and remember important points and solution of the problems while exam.
- The students who do self study after coaching class must leave 1-2 pages blank in between two chapters of their class notes, so that they can rewrite the important points, issues and understanding of the chapter. The idea is to capture key points that you might forget in a few days after studying that topic during lecture at the coaching class.
Once you make everyday notes, try to read them the same day so that you can memorize it well. Just a quick review of 10-15 minutes can help you retain information over a longer time period.
So contradicting Ajay’s notion about handwritten notes, the analysis test of understanding is:
– you are able to express it in your own words, to the ambit
– you can describe or even demonstrate somebody else
– you can depict it to other concepts you have learned earlier
– you can draw your own examples to portray it
Athletes don’t reach target without a bit of tough exercise. Basketball players have to sprint gassers. And students don’t reach mission academic status without some difficult exercise either. So take a step back technologically and next time sit down in a lecture with a notebook to achieve your definite goal. All the Best!