I am in no way an expert, but these are the few things I’ve noticed while I was studying for my ib exams.
1. Use Post Its
I think we underestimate how useful post its are. I find that writing down notes on post its and tagging them on the pages really helps me during revision, especially for content heavy subjects like literature and history.
2. Colour coding
I really enjoy making my notes ‘pretty’ so that I would want to look at them again and again and again. Therefore, personally, lack of colour makes my notes dull and I find them boring to read. Colour coding is good too cause its easier for your brain to remember things based on the colour that you’ve assigned.
Having mini tabs and tagging all the important pages saves you SO MUCH time. When you’re trying to cram in some last minute information an hour before the exam, you don’t have time to flip through your 800 paged textbook. So save yourself the trouble and booktab important pages!
4. Handwriting notes
I find that handwriting notes make things easier to remember. HOWEVER, sometimes you just don’t have the time for it. So, you have to be strategic! you can only handwrite certain subjects and digitalise others.
Timing is so important. The earlier you start, the more time you have to do revision. If you’re still making notes one day before the exam, you clearly didn’t have enough time. You should have planned your revision so that you have enough time to look through and try past year papers.
compared to binders, I really think notebooks are more useful. They give you a sense of organisation because ALL your notes for that subject is in one place. Unlike binders, you won’t ever lose a page or mix up pages.
your notes are, ultimately, yours. The only person they should matter to, is you. So, always make sure your notes are formatted to cater to you, and they are easy to understand for you. as long as it works for you, even if the rest of the world doesn’t understand, it doesn’t matter!
I hope you guys found this useful! All the best in your exams!