It also comes with a web-snipping feature for a quick capture of online content, as well as a neat sharing tool for collaborative work or last minute proof-reads. Author Susan Froetschel has heard many students and writers called out for plagiarism that often began as a simple error in the note-taking process.

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Yager also emphasizes the impact of visual aids and suggests diagrams, illustrations, color highlighters, or any other kind of visual that helps you emphasize what is most important to remember.

“Whenever possible, review your notes within a few hours to edit and expand on the notes that you took in class,” says Hasmik Petrosian, manager of UNI-Prep Institute.

Save yourself hassle and potential plagiarism issues by immediately citing anything you add to your notes.

Froetschel recommends putting borrowed material in bright colors or strange fonts for an extra visual differentiation.

Anyone attending college knows there is a barrage of information students are expected to keep straight.

You have a handful of classes, and each of those classes has a breakdown of units, schedules and readings, and by the time you think you’ve got the hang of it — a new semester starts, and the task of getting organized begins again.

Yager suggests dating your notes and numbering the pages to help you keep things in chronological order, and to help jog your memory of the class time you took notes from.

John Paul Engel of Project Be The Change advocates for taking notes by hand, but then typing them up at the end of the day.

Petrosian believes an extra scan and adjustment of the notes you just took will allow the material to really take root in your brain.