How to avoid taking excessive text book notes?

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I've always taken really excessive notes. I think it's due to my perfectionist nature. I'm taking A2 Philosophy and AS/A2 Government and Politics (doing the A-Level in a year.) I'm not so bad when it comes to my core notes from my study pack, but when it comes to textbooks I record reams of notes, especially in Politics. I often find myself with 15-20 k of notes for one unit. So up to 80 k for the whole A-Level. :eek: No wonder I always am near collapse during the revision process. I always get top marks, but I still have a feeling I'm taking way too many notes. The method I use is a question, followed by recording evidence and then a mini-conclusion. Problem is I always end up recording stuff like background information just in case I need it for a future assignment.

Is there a method I can use to just cut it down to the essentials? I'm sure I'd save myself hours of time if I could
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I've always taken really excessive notes. I think it's due to my perfectionist nature. I'm taking A2 Philosophy and AS/A2 Government and Politics (doing the A-Level in a year.) I'm not so bad when it comes to my core notes from my study pack, but when it comes to textbooks I record reams of notes, especially in Politics. I often find myself with 15-20 k of notes for one unit. So up to 80 k for the whole A-Level. :eek: No wonder I always am near collapse during the revision process. I always get top marks, but I still have a feeling I'm taking way too many notes. The method I use is a question, followed by recording evidence and then a mini-conclusion. Problem is I always end up recording stuff like background information just in case I need it for a future assignment.

Is there a method I can use to just cut it down to the essentials? I'm sure I'd save myself hours of time if I could
I am studying AS Economics and I find I have the same problem, as I read through the textbook everything seems important so I tend to note down everything which leaves me with a bulkload of notes. But I overcame this problem not too long ago, this may seem confusing but it really helps! (If you have time) say you need to revise a chapter in the book what I'd do is make a PowerPoint on it BUT only include the most important bits like bullet points, a slide for each section. When you print your slides print three per page and it will leave you with spare lines next to your slide to write any other notes this is where you add anyother information (avoid adding dates etc.) Go over these slides everymorning and night and it will work! I made these PowerPoint during my holiday breaks I would advise you too.
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