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How to Take Good GCSE Notes + Study Tips!


Hey lovelies! So as I've mentioned in a bunch of other posts, this year I'm in Year 10 meaning I've just started all my new GCSE Courses and Subjects (a combination of exciting and scary haha!) So far I'm really enjoying my subjects, I chose Triple Science, French, Product Design and History which are all going okay but one thing that I've definitely been getting used to this year is taking notes. Being a neat-freak and perfectionist (as you guys probably already know from my bullet journal!) I actually really like this, something about writing things out and presenting them how I want always helps me learn and revise better and it's definitely going to come in handy looking back on all of them when I take my GCSE Exams in Year 11. Anyway in this weeks post I thought I would talk you through my best note-taking tips that I've discovered so far and study tips to get those aesthetically pleasing notes... that still actually help you study! Ft. pictures of my own Biology // Chemistry // and English notes for the start of Year 10.


01. Find your 'Notes-Style'

Choose what suits you best. Mindmaps? Posters? Charts? Whether your notes look pretty or not has no point unless you're writing them in a way you can actually learn from them. I personally, revise best when my notes are in poster form on different topics and so that's how I tend to write them!

02. Splash on the Colour (but not too much!)

Don't hesitate to add a little bit of colour - if all your notes are black and white you might as well have just got a print out. Use highlighters or fineliners to break up notes and separate important topics, don't over-do it though otherwise your notes page will just end up looking like a rainbow threw up on it and harder to study from later! I would recommend choosing one colour for each page / topic, in my case green for my Biology notes.

03. Note-'Make' don't Note-'Take'

Writing everything in your own words, whether that's simplifying it or explaining it further is so important for revision. Try to note 'Make' in your subjects instead of just copying out the textbook -because memorising it is going to be way harder in the long-run than understanding it yourself as you make your notes. 

04. Separate everything into Headings and Subheadings

All the info is so much easier to revise when you split it up! I like to draw up headings and subheadings for all my topics, like you can see above, Eg. for a page on Atomic Structure: 'Electron Shells,' 'Relative Atomic Mass,' and 'Structure over History.' This makes it so much easier to read back on when you come to revise, instead of massive chunks of writing.

05. Use your highlighters properly! 

We've all been through that thing of highlighting everything on a page and convincing ourselves that it's 'revising' but the best study tip is to use that all that neon stationary properly! Make a colour code eg. blue - vocab, pink - definitions/explanations, pink - quotes to remember; that way you're actually putting your highlighters to good use.

06. Go for Info > Aesthetic in Class

At the end of the day it's more important to get all the information down in class, than make it pretty! And as much as that's a struggle for me (being such a perfectionist!) always remember you can re-do notes after as pretty and neat as you like, as long as you scribbled everything you needed down in class that day. Info > Aesthetic... as hard as it is haha!

07. Look for Notes Inspo online (#studyblr)

Taking notes doesn't have to be a really annoying task, try looking up #studyblr on Pinterest and that will definitely boost your motivation. Seeing other people's notes can give you the right push of inspiration to work on your own and I'm always scrolling through them online. Hey, maybe you can even use this post for Inspo?


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29 comments

  1. Ugh your notes are so pretty!! I've just started year eleven and I agree that finding your note style is so important! Hope you're doing well so far! Xx

    Lavieencait.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much! Trying to pick up good habits for yr 11 x

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  2. Your notes are so pretty! I find it's so much easier to revise if your notes are nice to look at 💕 I try to colour code with highlighters but it doesn't always go to plan 🙈

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  3. Your notes are goals omg!! I agree with all your tips and I stick to colour and headings!
    Kate Xx
    http://www.luxekate.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Oh my gosh, your notes are so well presented! I have exams coming up so these tips are really helpful! I also recently got into bullet journalling and calligraphy so I'll definitely be using those techniques in my notes like you have! Great post!

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    1. Thank youuuu! Yep bullet journalling has definitely helped how I present everything <3

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  5. your notes are so cute! I love your ideas! I wish I was that creative, and I wish I’d read these tips while I was in college! Great post 😊 laura x

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  6. I wish I had known all these tips back when I was at uni. I was not really taking notes, just scrolling through my fb feed and relying on the text book... your notes are so pretty! xx corinne

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    1. Thanks! Haha same but somehow I've really gotten into taking notes this year x

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  7. These are all such great tips! Having just finished my GCSEs I know you'll be fine and I'm totally envious of your note cards I loved making mine for my exams! Good luck with it all

    Ellie
    www.headintheclouds.me.uk

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    1. Ahh thank you I'm so nervous about everything GCSE related atm! x

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  8. Your notes look so pretty! Mine have always been so messy so great to get some tips.

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    1. Your welcome, so glad you find it helpful <3

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  9. Great tips! Wish I had this post when I was at school Xx
    http://www.dellalovesnutella.co.uk/2017/10/autumn-inspired-ootd-and-makeup.html?m=1

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  10. Gosh it's been a while since I was doing my GCSEs but I could've done with these tips! Your writing is so neat and cute too and I so agree that you need a splash of colour to keep your brain a bit more interested and focused on the page! Good luck with them too, product design sounds well fun!
    Alice Xx
    www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. Aha thanks! Yep colour is definitely important in notes it's the only fun bit about making them <3

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  11. Aweeee your notes are so perfect!
    Definitely an A student material :)


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  12. Wow love your notes!! You definitely have a great eye for that! So beautiful you can frame these up :)

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  13. Your notes are ANNOYINGLY pretty! 🤣 I think if I was at school now and doing exams I'd take much more care over the visual appearance of my notes. It's been so long since my exams I honestly can't remember what mine were like. But these are brilliant tips for anyone going through them right now (:

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. THANK YOUUU! Visually pleasing notes are definitely easier to revise from x

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  14. Omg it feels like a lifetime ago that I was doing GCSEs! But omg your notes look amazinggggg! These are such good tips, I'm studying for a degree at the minute and I still implement many of the same things when revising!

    whatevawears.co.uk

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    1. Ahh at the moment it feels like the biggest thing ever, I can't wait till GCSE's are over! Tyyyyy x

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  15. Some AMAZING tips that I wish I had around when I was doing my GCSEs. P.S your notes look AMAZING! Best of luck for your exams <3

    Char xo || www.memoirsmusings.com

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Thank you, all your lovely comments make me smile!