With the warm weather lately, I have found myself dreaming of flip-flops, sunglasses, fruit smoothies, and fireflies. Yep, summer is here!! Although, after final exams you might feel like burning your chemistry notes, or at the very least throwing them away, I would suggest to rethink that plan. I cannot tell you how many times I have used my old notes to help me in a current class. Almost all subjects, especially those like chemistry and math, build on themselves. Professors might review for a few days at the start of the semester, but will expect you to remember everything you have learned from a previous class. This is where the notes from those classes come in handy. However, keeping your notes in a pile under your bed is not going to help much when you need an answer for a homework assignment due tomorrow. It is important to keep these notes organized so you can find what you need quickly. I use spiral notebooks for taking all of my notes in class, a separate single subject notebook for each class. So, when I am finished with that class, I label the front of the notebook with the class and semester and place it in the bin. For loose papers, quizzes, and tests, I put them all in a labeled manilla folder, which also goes in the bin next to the spiral notebook for the same class. Therefore, everything is easily accessible when I need it. I even have another bin for my high school notes, and yes, I have even used some of my notes from high school in college classes.
Do you have another way of organizing your notes? Share it by leaving a comment below. Be sure to also post any other questions or suggestions you might have.
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