Hav­ing the right high­light­ing skills

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

WHEN you’re read­ing a book or pre­par­ing study notes for exam cram­ming, high­light­ing can be a huge as­set.

Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of your high­light­ing.

Print your lec­turer’s notes or slides and take them into class with you:

When the lec­turer says, “This is im­por­tant,” whip out the high­lighter and mark the sec­tion. It’s bound to be es­sen­tial for an as­sign­ment or come up in the fi­nal test. If you’re work­ing from a text­book, and you’re a book lover who thinks high­light­ing the writ­ten work is a des­e­cra­tion, pho­to­copy the pages cov­ered in each lec­ture and mark those up.

When mark­ing up notes, use a yel­low high­lighter as that’s the most at­ten­tion-grab­bing colour, and use light colours like or­ange and pale blue, pink and green to dis­tin­guish things you have to look into more, that will come up in ex­ams, that be­long to a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­gory of in­for­ma­tion in your course, or that are use­ful for a par­tic­u­lar as­sign­ment.

Colour code:

Darker blues, greens and pur­ples are at­trac­tive but they also tend to ob­scure text. If you’re alert and sit­ting in a well-lit place, it’s not a prob­lem. But when you’re tired, you don’t want to strain your eyes.

Avoid dark colours:

At some point, it will seem that ev­ery­thing in the notes and ev­ery­thing in the book is im­por­tant. Re­sist the temp­ta­tion to high­light whole para­graphs and pages. The idea of the high­light is to iden­tify key phrases and con­cepts. When you look at these, they should spur your mem­ory so that you re­mem­ber what’s writ­ten around those terms.

Don’t overdo it:

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