Well-organized notes are one of the most important resources that you can have in any class so storing them properly is important. Always follow these tips when you’re trying to decide how to store your class notes.
- Choose something that will keep your notes secure: The last thing that you want to do is lose your notes so it’s important to store them in such a way that they will be firmly held in place. For this reason, plain file folders and folders containing pockets should not be used to store class notes.
- Choose a method that will allow you to remove and add pages easily: As was already stated in this section, the notes that you take during class are merely a rough draft. After class, you’ll likely revise or even rewrite them, so store your notes in such a way that you can easily remove, add, or replace pages. A traditional notebook is not a good choice since you will actually need to rip pages out of the notebook to remove them and there is no easy way to insert pages. As a result, you may want to consider a sturdy three-ring binder instead.
- Keep all of your notes for a course in a single location: Whatever you decide to use to store your class notes, be sure it will be able to hold all of your notes for the course. Keeping all of your course notes in a single location will make reviewing easier and will also reduce the chances that one or more sets of notes will get lost.
- Have a separate place for each set of class notes: Some students have a single binder that contains the notes for all of their subjects. This isn’t a great idea for a couple of reasons. First, it’s likely that you’ll run out of space. Second, you may end up putting your notes in the wrong section without realizing it, which could obviously be bad news when test time rolls around. To stay organized, keep your notes for each subject in a separate place. It may be a little more expensive when you’re buying school supplies, but it will make it easier for you to review your class material and keep track of your course information.