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11/09/2016
When it comes to learning, school and tutoring are the best options for a child to learn. During regular classes or tutoring sessions, students are taught valuable lessons and are encouraged to takes notes for further study. However, the value of the further study depends on the quality of the notes taken.

How to Improve the Quality of Notes

If the notes taken during class are incomplete or incorrect, the study sessions can be a waste of time. To help your child improve the quality of their notes and study sessions, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA has some tips below to share.

A Specific Notebook

The first place to start is with the notebook itself. Using one notebook for all subject notes is only going to lead to mess and confusion. Instead, use a separate notebook for each subject and lesson.

A New Lesson Means a New Page

It's as simple as that. Too often students continue their note taking on the next available line. However, this just results in students constantly flipping back and forth through their notebook trying to find one particular piece of information which has blended into everything else.

Use the Date

Once you have a new page, don't write anything until the date is placed at the top of the page. Such a simple step can prevent students who know when they took the note from having to spend hours flipping through pages just to find it.

Leave Space

It happens to every student. You write down notes which you are sure are correct only to, later in the lesson or after school, realize that you need to make a correction or alteration and attempt tiny writing in between lines. This practice results in nothing short of messy and hard to read notes. Instead, leave a good chunk of space after each note for any correction, additions, or even to include printed material or drawn diagrams. If your child struggles to take productive and helpful notes or they are finding a subject particularly challenging, speak with an expert about additional lessons. The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA, available by calling (408) 816-7825, provides subject focused 'Geniuses in Training' programs to improve grades and confidence.

Number Continuing Notes

One of the worst things which can happen during a study session is a student who thinks the notes have ended and doesn't turn the page to find even more useful information. A simple tip to prevent this is to number notes which carry over to additional pages. Something as simple as seeing '#1' written on a page is enough to indicate the page should be turned.

With the format taken care of, it's time to pay attention to the substance of the notes.

Notes Are Not Dictation

There is a reason why teachers and lecturers don't start by saying 'start dictation,' and that's because a student isn't supposed to write down everything being said. Instead, pay attention important details and note these down. As an example, instead of writing: 'The 2010 United States Census reported the population of Santa Clara to be 116.468. The census further reveals a population density of  6,327.3 people for every square mile.' You could write: '2010 Census - Santa Clara population 116,468 - Density 6,327.3 square mile.' In this example, the key pieces of information are noted.

Legible Writing

Notes don't need to be written in perfect handwriting or calligraphy; they simply need to be written well enough to be legible. If your scribble is due to an attempt to write too much information, then the tip mentioned above will help you to write better. However, if you are still having trouble keeping up, consider creating your own version of shorthand with common abbreviations or even characters. Once you have created a few abbreviations, copy them to a small 'Cheat Sheet' which you can use as a reference guide.

Share and Compare

Try as you might, there is going to be information that you either take down incorrectly or miss out completely. This is where sharing your notes can help. After class, sit down with a classmate or two and discuss the notes you each took. Compare notes to find any corrections or additions.

PAY ATTENTION!

Last, but certainly not least, is the reminder that you should always be paying attention during lessons or tutorials. If you know that you are prone to distractions, then do what you can to avoid them. For instance, simply leaving your cellphone or tablet turned off or even sitting away from your friends can help you to concentrate.

Improve Notes and Grades with Tutoring in Santa Clara CA

With these tips in mind, a student is well placed to take high-quality notes for a productive study session. If you feel like your child could benefit from help with their notetaking skills or their general classes and grades, speak with The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA at (408) 816-7825 and learn about subject focused methods such as the 'Geniuses in Training' program. Delivered through one-to-one instruction, students who undertake these programs are provided with personal and dedicated instructors to ensure full lesson understanding.

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