Welcome back to another episode of the BrainTree podcast!

In this episode Prue and Rocky are focusing on study notes. The key is to make sure that you summarise your learning as you go to ensure you give yourself enough time to learn your notes and do practise questions before a test or examination.

Prue recommends making your study notes brain-friendly. In addition to bullet point summaries, try making notes more visual via a mind map or something similar. Prue recommends using bubbl.us for mind-maps and brainstorms.

Rocky also emphasises the importance of making the study notes in your own way, you want to learn from a variety of sources, but creating the study notes yourself is important in highlighting what is most important for you to learn.

Study Notes

Prue stresses that study notes are not easy, they’re time consuming and certainly not exciting, but she highlights how much easier it is when you do the study notes a little at a time rather than reaching the end of your study and having to summarise the entire syllabus at once.

Prue gives some examples of good and bad study notes and gives some clear instructions on how to structure study notes. The hosts move on to talking about typing study notes versus writing them out by hand. Given that most exams are written by hand, they both recommend writing your study notes by hand, to train the writing muscles. Prue augments this advice with a tip on how to train your writing muscles with, of all things,  an eraser!

Finally Prue comments on the benefits of studying in a group and even creating group study notes and illustrates this with the quote: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.