Typing original notes (condensed) then writing them during study sessions, effective?

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I started my biology degree this year, and I've quickly found that I'm not good at writing out notes. I'm very picky and like my original notes to be neat and clear, but I write like a toddler so I can't bare to read back through my own notes. I'm also a very slow writer and writing my notes left me falling behind on lecture notes. I know writing notes means that you retain the information better, but would it be as effective if I typed the notes originally, and then wrote them up during studying and since these aren't my actual revision notes I can just write them up normally and not have to worry about how messy they are. I also plan on using my original notes to make flashcards too, does this sound like it'll be effective for memorising and learning the information?
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(Original post by jam1e)
I started my biology degree this year, and I've quickly found that I'm not good at writing out notes. I'm very picky and like my original notes to be neat and clear, but I write like a toddler so I can't bare to read back through my own notes. I'm also a very slow writer and writing my notes left me falling behind on lecture notes. I know writing notes means that you retain the information better, but would it be as effective if I typed the notes originally, and then wrote them up during studying and since these aren't my actual revision notes I can just write them up normally and not have to worry about how messy they are. I also plan on using my original notes to make flashcards too, does this sound like it'll be effective for memorising and learning the information?
I think that sounds like a good idea! If you are a slow writer, the best way to do it is to type it in the lecture and then write it out the same day (if possible) I found this to be the best way when you’re a slow writer
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I think that sounds like a good idea! If you are a slow writer, the best way to do it is to type it in the lecture and then write it out the same day (if possible) I found this to be the best way when you’re a slow writer
I'm not so much a slow writer when it doesn't matter how my writing looks, but when taking my actual revision notes, it takes a lifetime. So you think this method will still be good for retention, even when writing out the typed notes will basically just be a repeat of what I already took on my laptop? Thank you so much for your response
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Bump.. anyone else have anything?
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