Is making notes worth it?

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Ectover_
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For year 13 A level biology and Chemistry

I find myself spending so long making notes that I don’t get enough time to do the amount of past papers I hope to do.

I spend 65-70% of my time making notes and the rest doing past papers.

Should I stop and just read the textbook then do tons of past papers/ active recall?

Any help would be much appreciated
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For year 13 A level biology and Chemistry

I find myself spending so long making notes that I don’t get enough time to do the amount of past papers I hope to do.

I spend 65-70% of my time making notes and the rest doing past papers.

Should I stop and just read the textbook then do tons of past papers/ active recall?

Any help would be much appreciated
Hey, I also find taking notes takes me so long to do. It depends on how you go about it really. If your notes are literally exactly what the textbook says, then you might want to consider asking yourself is it really worth making these notes when you can just read from the textbook. But if you feel that your notes make it easier for you to understand and they are better summarised versions of the textbook, then it might be worth making the notes. And remember, making notes is a form of revision too, usually you will notice as you write you are revising at the same time too.
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Hey, I also find taking notes takes me so long to do. It depends on how you go about it really. If your notes are literally exactly what the textbook says, then you might want to consider asking yourself is it really worth making these notes when you can just read from the textbook. But if you feel that your notes make it easier for you to understand and they are better summarised versions of the textbook, then it might be worth making the notes. And remember, making notes is a form of revision too, usually you will notice as you write you are revising at the same time too.
I usually write what the textbook says but with more arrows, colours and a different structure. Detail wise, it is identical to the textbook. I do struggle to cut things down because I need to know all of it. That’s why I’m stuck in this dilemma to as wether they are acctually useful or a waste of time.
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I usually write what the textbook says but with more arrows, colours and a different structure. Detail wise, it is identical to the textbook. I do struggle to cut things down because I need to know all of it. That’s why I’m stuck in this dilemma to as wether they are acctually useful or a waste of time.
If you think that how you structure your notes makes a big difference to you when you revise and makes it a lot easier for you to revise then i would say make the notes. But if you think that you will be able to manage by reading from the textbook alone (despite the fact that its a different structure and less colours) and be able to revise just from that then I would say dont bother making notes.
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writing things out helps me, so I always do notes
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I do bio and chem also but I never write notes, i generally just learn the content from the revision guide, do some questions and then summarise the content I've learnt is important to remember and that I might forget onto one sheet of a4 for each topic.
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