This forum topic is for students to self-organize study groups, etc.
I like to handwrite my notes, especially if there are a lot of calculations involved. If you have an iPad, I would definitely recommend using GoodNotes! I used to try squeezing my notes onto a certain number of pages to limit my paper usage, but after using an iPad, I started spacing out each line of notes and using different colors, making it so much easier to read. I think typing out notes is better if you are noting down conceptual information, since it is faster and very organized.
Handwriting is my go-to, I am simply not tech-savvy enough to do e-notes even though the ones people take on iPad look really nice. My notes just consist of the foundations and outlines of concepts since I keep practice problems in a separate notebook. I go to my notes for reviewing concepts and equations.
Yeah lots of studies showing that handwriting notes causes much greater remembrance of the concepts, but I have tried both and typing is much faster and for some people like me with chicken scratch handwriting much more legible.
I usually take notes of the lectures first and then take notes from the textbook. I feel like reading the information just cements the ideas and topics we learned in the lecture. From there, I write on note cards any information that I might need to remember and make an outline with answers and solutions.
I know that a lot of people take notes online but I always hand write my notes for class. It helps me remember because it forces me to focus more on what I'm writing, without letting my mind drift. It also allows me to draw out diagrams and charts by hand, which helps me remember them as well.
I like handwriting my notes because I feel like there's more flexibility with diagrams and notations and what not. Also, it helps me keep everything together so I can use it later if I take higher level chemistry or need it for future standardized tests.
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