We know that notes are important, and we’ve covered how to take notes, but wouldn’t it be a lot faster and more effective to buy good notes instead of taking them yourself? After all, services like NoteWagon and Notehall make it so easy.
The answer may be obvious, but taking and using your own notes is a better choice. A recent study confirmed that students relying on learner-generated annotations perform better than their peers relying on instructor-generated annotations. The act of taking the notes reinforces learning and your own notes will be more familiar. Of course, if you miss a class and can’t take your own notes, some notes are better than none – but don’t think they’re a substitute for your own work.