Step 1 – make a note

It might be pen and paper, a phone app, voice notes or good old Word. But somehow or other you need to make notes.  And keep them!  And not just keep them but be able to find them again when you need them. 

At first, it can be hard to know what’s important but it’s better to make too many notes than too few.  Maybe review your notes  twice a week and try to summarise what you have learned – that’s really great practice for activating your brain! 

Tip: you can use re-run recorded lectures to fill gaps in your notes.  Even though it is recorded it is good to make notes - it helps to activate your thinking.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the information you’re given in the first weeks of university.  You could make a check list of things that you need or want to do.   For example: review notes, find reading lists, sign up for a language class, find out about language support if English isn’t your first language, download a term planner

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Ready to go deeper?

Find out Top Tips on the what, why, where, when and how of notemaking from StudyHub plus  links to the best of YouTube and recommended apps (resources tab)