The article talks about the process of note-making for exams.

Preparation for the Civil Services exam can be a long and exhausting process because of the syllabus involved and the subsequent pressure, and the sheer number of books one has to read. Apart from the books, one refers to the internet and various other study materials. In such circumstances making notes comes to the rescue.

Why make notes?

Note-making is a process through which a person ingests the read words and reproduces them in her own words for future reference. One cannot expect to refer to several books every time one has to revise. It becomes essential that the books are diluted in terms of the number of words and content for easy reference. Also, the familiarity of one’s handwriting enables memorizing and revising. Notes making is also a type of writing practice, which is pertinent to the Mains exam.

How to make notes?

Making notes is an easy process that can come through regular practice and patience. It’sIt’s advisable to go through the text a couple of times before making notes. Notes made after the first reading may not be as comprehensive as one wants them to be and therefore will require rework many times in the future, defeating the very purpose of easy-reference. Also, no set of notes is final. It’sIt’s crucial that they are updated with changes in the syllabus and current affairs related to the subject matter.

The primary rationale of making notes is comprehension; diagrams, flow charts, and pointers always help save revision time and improve awareness. The maps can also be used in the exam and give the written answer an edge. One needs to be creative with charts and diagrams. If the original text has no illustrations, one can always create them.

How not to make notes

Jotting down words as one reads figures among the frequently made blunders of the note-making exercise. It’sIt’s not possible to jot down the text of the topic in question word for word from all the books. It is time-consuming and is not the right approach to note-making. The “easy-reference” rule must always play at the back of the mind while jotting down main points. One will not have enough time during the exam to go through the entire text, and therefore the reader-friendly format of the notes must be maintained at all times.

Lastly, notes will not serve any good if they are not read regularly to refresh memory. It’sIt’s crucial that a timetable is worked so one can go through the notes before they fade from the memory.

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