I kid you not, the secret to my long-term memorization abilities is really just Cornell outlining. Here’s what you do:
Divide your paper into three parts: a bottom section (a few lines) and a top section, which is divided into a small column on the left and a big column on the right.
On the right- here is where you take your notes, preferably color coded
On the left- for every line on the right of lecture notes, you write a question to match the notes. For example, if your line says “Bob shot Carl”, your question would be “who shot Carl” or “who did Bob shoot”
On the bottom- write a summary of your notes. This should be very brief and written without looking at the notes.
How to use the Cornell outline:
1. Just making it already helps you retain information
2. Use the quiz questions you write later on when you are preparing for the exam- the answer is easy to find if you get stuck, and quiz questions are much better study tools than just reading notes
3. Read the summaries when you’re studying for a final- it takes less time and reminds you of the material you already learned but shoved in the back of your brain.
Good luck my little worker bees!