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Organising Your Notes

organising notes

It is important to have a good system for organising and storing your notes. You will need to develop a filing system that suits your needs. When it comes to writing your essay or revising for an exam, you do not want to be wasting time sorting through large pile of papers.

The following suggestions may help you organise your notes:

  • Use a separate file for each subject area.
  • Use file dividers to separate major topics.
  • Arrange your notes under headings or questions.
  • Number and label pages so that you can re-file them easily.
  • Use one lecture book per subject.
  • You might want to use a card index file system.

Material adapted with permission from Study Skills in History Booklet 2