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Notetaking for the Newbies

Posted 14 Apr 2014 by Sarah

 

My sister has finished her first year at Kingston University, Yaaay!!! I am so proud of her! She is now in her second year and she has been asking me for note taking techniques which can help her succeed in her second year. Well no worries, I was in the same situation when I first joined Uni but now as I have finished my second year I have improved my note taking skills. I am sure there may be a few of you that might find this blog useful. So I decided to post something that might help a lot of you as well as my lovely sister. The following simple steps can help you improve your grades!!!

Before lecture:

As you all know that most lecturers use PowerPoint for their lectures. I don't rely on these slides as they don't give me all the information about that particular topic so I read the lecture slides before going to lecture and also listen to my tutor during the class. This way I know what the topic is about and if I didn't understand something about the topic then it allows me to prepare questions that I can ask during lecture.

During lectures:

I don't copy every word said by the lecturer however I do take note of any example used by the lecturer that improves my understanding for that particular topic. Use of abbreviations helps a lot while taking notes as you might not have enough time to write every word said by your lecturer. I always use different colours of pen. Some people might find this childish but it works for me. Also, some people use mind maps or spider diagram. However, I prefer to use bullet points. I do use mind maps when preparing for exams as it allows me to summarise a topic in few words and it gives me a clear picture.  

After lecture:

Why not check your notes with your friends. This has always allowed me to add any information to my notes that I have not included. It also gives me the opportunity to discuss and understand the topic much better.

I hope this is not too much but trust me it does work.

 

Monday - 7 April

Today was a trip to the town centre on a mission! I'm taking part in a candy swap with a friend from the US and wanted to find some of the UK's finest. It was off to Charlie's old fashion sweet shop for all of these!

Some sweets for my friend in the USA

Tuesday - 8 April

It was free cone day at Ben and Jerry's here's my cookies and cream cone from the cinema in town!

Free cone day!

Wednesday - 9 April

After another walk into town today along the river I noticed that Kingston has a love for Italian food! I'm hoping to try some of the restaurants before I go home for the summer holidays.

Some restaurants to try...

Thursday - 10 April

Homeward bound! Thankfully mum gave me a lift home this time, I'm glad I didn't have to lug my suitcase up the station stairs! Next stop, sleep and homemade food!

Homeward bound!

Friday - 11 April

One of the adorable little cupcakes made by my Mum and sister for when I came home. It went down well with a nice cup of tea this afternoon.

A lovely treat from my Mum and sister

Saturday - 12 April

Today I was reunited with my boyfriend's cat Suki. Although she wouldn't stay still for pictures I did get a few cuddles which were rewarded with some treats.

Suki the cat

Sunday - 13 April

The countdown to a chocoholic's favourite time of year. With one week to go until Easter Sunday poor Harry Hopalot has had his ears nibbled off while I was tidying today...Oops!

Harry Hopalot

Decisions, Decisions...

Posted 12 Apr 2014 by Doreen

 

I have six months left before I complete my degree which means I have six months left to make the most of my student life. Yikes!

Some of you are also at the end of your College or Sixth Form years and are going through the process of making very hard decisions such as: Where should I go off to study? Am I ready for university? Should I take a Gap year? Should I stay at home?  Or should I move out?

These are all really difficult questions!

I was in the same position two years ago and I can remember all the questions going through my head. What I did was to take the process one day at a time. I planned out my revision by making a timetable. I also searched all the universities that offered my course and attended taster days, open days, and called them.

I can also remember having a mini-heart attack everytime I got a notification from UCAS that I have an email  from a university.

My top tips to survive the last months are:

  • 1. Remain positive at all times. Try not to think about the worst case scenarios, have faith, add some hope, work hard and you will enjoy the remaining months left.
  • 2. Seek help from teachers, older siblings or other people who have been through this process who can give you some advice and go through plans you have put in place for your future.
  • 3. Attend as many taster days at university as possible. This will give you an insight of what your chosen university is like.
  • 4. Put 100% into the last few months left and you will have all summer to enjoy yourself. 
  • 5. Remember your reward for all your hard work - PROM!!

Have a great weekend guys!

Doreen

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