I'm currently second year at uni, and when I say never satisfied. I feel like they aren't going to help me, that they're not efficient, etc. That I won't remember just because I wrote it there.
I'm never satisfied with my notes, I feel like I won't remember and I'm just wasting my time. Why do I feel like this and what should I do?
I struggled for a while with the feeling that I was just writing notes for the sake of it. But, I’ve changed my revision system to creating Mindmaps. So, I’ll just make a Mindmap of key information (say Biology, it’ll be the process of respiration). But, don’t randomly dot it around the page. A key part of the memorisation process for me is having it strategically written on the page in a flow diagram, so when I’m trying to recall information, I remember where each point was written on the page - helping me to visual and remember it. Then, everyday I’ll memorise a new mindmap page, whilst revisiting and reciting the previous ones (almost like memorising a script for a play). Once I’ve finished a module, I’ll have tons of Mindmaps memorised which i can recite from memory. Then, when it comes to revision, I find I can remember the information a lot easier because I spent so much time revisiting the same Mind-maps.
Although, it’s super easy to fall into the trap of just memorising the concepts and not understanding it, so do practise essays/ past papers not using your notes, to see what you need to focus more revision on!
Hope this helps! <3