By Stefanie Weisman
It’s back-to-school time! I’m going to be posting a series of “quick tips” on this blog, to help you start the school year off right.
Here’s quick tip #1: When taking notes in class, make sure you use lots of symbols and abbreviations to record things quickly and efficiently. Here’s a list to help you get started:
|+||and, in addition to, plus|
|–||except for, excluding, minus|
|=||equals, is equal to, is the same as|
|∼||is similar to, is like, is about, resembles|
|<||is/ has less than|
|>||is/ has more than, exceeds|
|∴||therefore, thus, because|
|→||leads to, results in, means, signifies|
|↑||gets bigger, increases, grows|
|Δ||change in [something]|
|vs.||versus, as opposed to|
You should also develop your own abbreviations for different types of courses – especially for long, complicated words that come up frequently.
And when the teacher uses multi-syllable words that take a long time to write, try to substitute them with shorter synonyms – for example, “means” instead of “signifies,” and “but” instead of “however.”
For more study skills tips, check out The Secrets of Top Students.