Learn Note-making

Note making is an advanced writing skill which is acquiring increasing importance due to knowledge explosion. There is a need to remember at least the main points of any given subject. Making notes is a complex activity which combines several skills.

We also published a post – Notemaking – The CBSE way earlier in which we summarised the main points in note making. Here you go with the detailed verison.

How to make notes

  • Read the passage carefully.
  • Heading
    What is the main idea of the passage? Frame a heading based on the central idea and write it in the middle of the page.
  • Subheadings
    How has the main idea been presented and developed? Are there two or three subordinate/associated ideas? You can frame subheadings based on these.
  • Points
    Are there further details or points of the subtitles that you wish to keep in these notes? Indent, i.e., suitably space and number.

    All subheadings should be written at a uniform distance from the margin.

  • Indenting
    All points should also maintain the same distance away from the margin.

Note: Do not write full sentences. And use abbreviations wherever necessary. Read below for more help on abbreviations.

Help with abbreviations

  1. Use standard abbreviations and symbols as far as possible:
    1. Capitalized first letters of words
      e.g. U.P.,U.S.A.,U.K.,U.S.S.R.,etc.
    2. Common abbreviations
      Sc. (for science), Mr., Mrs., Dr., Govt., etc
    3. Common symbols
      e.g., : \, ∴ , +ve, -ve, ® (leading to), ↑ (rising), ↓ (falling), =, etc.
    4. Measurements and Figures
      e.g., : 100′, 100”, 100 kg, 1000 mm, 100ml, etc.
  2. Making your own abbreviations:
    1. Keep the main sounds of the word. For example, edn. (education), progm. (programme)
    2. Retain the suffix so that later when you are going over the notes you may recall the full form of the word —e.g., ed’nal (educational), prog’ve (progressive).
  3. Caution
    1. Do not get over-enthusiastic about abbreviations. You should not abbreviate every word. One abbreviation in point is enough.
    2. As a general rule, the heading should not be abbreviated. You may use abbreviations in subheadings.

Your notes should look like this

Note making format

Notice that indenting, i.e., shifting from the margin has been used to clearly indicate subheadings, points and sub points. Subheadings, though separated by points occur below one another. Points and sub points too come below one another, similarly. Such use of indenting gives your notes a visual character. At a glance you can see the main idea and its aspects.

Here is a solved example:
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27 Responses to Learn Note-making

  1. abhay October 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    thanka dude

  2. vaishali joshi October 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    it was a good learning..nice

  3. Deep Shah November 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Thanks a ton :)

  4. Gayatri February 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Thank you SO much, that was A LOT of help. ^_^

  5. Omar February 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    finally… thank you :D

  6. Omar February 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    finally ….. thxxx :D

  7. Megha Gupta February 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    i usually write loooooooong summary…! what to do…??? :(

    • CBSE Guy February 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Practice writing summaries as much as you can before your examination.

      In the actual examination, mark the last sheet of your answer booklet as rough and jot down what all points you want to add.

      Once you’ve all the points jotted down, trim them down if you feel you’ve a lot of points there and start making your summary using them. :)

      • Megha February 21, 2013 at 2:15 am #

        thnx..i am glad that i got to reach this site(as i didnt intentionally..i was searching for sumthing on google n here i reached thru’ suggestion of ur post ‘how 2 score 90+ in physics’ on google…! thnx a lot..i must say u r doing a GREAT job…keep it up..gonna get lot of blessings..! :-P
        n i promise i’l tel other people about u guys…i am highly impressed…!

        • CBSE Guy February 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

          Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Your words mean a lot to us :)

  8. Shino February 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    The explanation was good… Really helped.. It has totally different numbering system than what my teacher taught.. But I like this more..:-)

  9. aayush suthar February 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    how can i write a short n simple summary that is effective in exam….. pls give idea quickly

    • Cindyy Wolfe February 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      arrange the notes you have made into a paragraph. done!

  10. aayush suthar February 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    is key in note making neccesary

    • CBSE Guy February 28, 2013 at 12:57 am #

      Yes and the key should be enclosed in a box. :)

  11. Nickta Shivhare March 7, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    thanq so………….much

  12. sasi September 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Thank u Admin :)

  13. Bobby September 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    thankyou so much its cool

  14. aditi September 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    ohh great job..!! great effort..!

  15. aakansha September 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    i am weak in english wat to do……?

  16. 2rats September 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm #


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  18. Rohit Soni February 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    nice effort…cbseguy…. thnxx

  19. prashi February 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    i usually write long note making and inappropriate abv. wat should i do??

  20. Umang Mevada March 1, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Thanx a ton its the best site for cbse students….ill tell others about it…

  21. Lakshay Vashishth September 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Do we need to write summary?


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