Are you preparing for the Occupational English Test (OET) with a review course? If so, supercharge your classes with on-point note-taking techniques. Consider the following tips.
1. Highlight key information. There are many ways to make important annotations stand out. You can:
• Use a highlighter.
• Encase them in a freeform or geometric shape.
• Encircle or underline them with a different colored pen.
• Jot them down with a font style that’s distinctly different from the rest (e.g., if you write in cursive, write key information in print format).
• Place them in hand-drawn thought bubbles, ribbons, or banners.
2. Add variety to your penmanship. Unleash your creativity during your OET classes. Don’t confine your notes to your usual print or cursive writing style. You can:
• Add more strokes to key information.
• Mimic 3D and other thick lettering styles for titles.
• Use bold-tip markers to make headings and sub-headings stand out.
• Use dotted lines or dashes to accentuate passages.
3. Utilize a color system. Does your note-taking style include a lot of color use? If so, this technique is for you. You’ll need a set of colored markers or highlighters. Assign a purpose for each hue. For example, orange pertains to key definitions, pink indicates vocabulary words, and blue specifies training material references. Struggling to keep track of what each color conveys? Label your markers or highlighters.
4. Use sticky notes.
Don’t underestimate these versatile note-taking tools.
You can use them to:
• Add more information to a page brimming with notes.
• Separate topics recorded in a single notebook.
• Indicate the most frequently consulted pages of your Occupational English Test
5. Integrate visual devices. Translate complicated concepts into charts, diagrams, graphs, and other graphic organizers to understand them better. You can also draw them out. Add helpful doodles and relevant illustrations to your notes to understand and remember them better.
Recording information by hand promotes better retention and comprehension—cognitive results that non-traditional note-taking methods (e.g., taking pictures of a whiteboard filled with annotations, recording the class discussion, etc.) cannot immediately provide. So, handwrite your notes. Use these clever tips to keep your notes organized and engaging.
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