This is a question, which I have asked myself many times….. Do I study directly from the book or from summaries and notes? Well, there is no real answer to this question, the only truth is that we will study how more comfortable we are.
Of course, this technique will depend on many factors: if the subject is letters, numbers, science …. If you have chosen this way of studying, you must take into account several things:
The underlining: In this mode of study, is a key point when facing the subject. It must be clear and concise, think that you can make a mistake and what in a first reading seemed important to you, in a second perhaps not so much. For this reason, I advise you to always underline on a pencil or pencil, you can erase and underline as many times as you want, as well as make notes on the margins.
The notes on the margin: since this study technique is done directly on the book and not on notes or diagrams, it is convenient, once read and underlined, that you write down in the margins those phrases or words that are most important or that you want to highlight. For example, you have several paragraphs, at the beginning of an important idea you put the keyword to the left of the margin, and if it is divided into categories or sections you can write them in the right margin point to point. In this way, it will be easier to find the main idea by taking a simple look at the book, not seeing just a few letters.
Separation labels: you must put them at the beginning of each topic, and list them or write a small word of each topic, so you can go from one topic to another quickly without wasting time, because as you know, studying time is gold. You have to sort them logically, starting with the first topic above and so on until the end.
Studying directly from the book is a technique that not many people use, it is complex and requires a lot of concentration. Personally, I don’t use it, if it’s true that I underline it, I make notes on the margin, then I make my summaries and finally an outline of each topic. For me, this is the best way and with all this work before starting to memorize you will have 50% of the subject almost learned and worked.