Study Notes


  • The purpose of study notes is to organise class notes, text book and Google Drive material so that you can increase your comprehension and memory of large amounts of information.

  • Preparing study guides that are visual is even more effective, as the visual organisation helps you see related concepts and make meaningful connections with the material, thus acquiring the higher levels of learning expected by many of your Assessment Tasks and HSC Examinations.

Preparing for your HSC often involves more than knowing facts, figures, formulas, and definitions. Many exams and assessments expect you to demonstrate
critical thinking, which involves more than rote memorisation. Therefore, you must organise and process course materials so that you can increase your comprehension and ability to think critically.


Experiment with these visual organisers, as well as using other study guide formats that you have found to be effective. Remember, the purpose for study guides is to organise information so that you can demonstrate your knowledge at the critical thinking level.

  1. Concept Maps/ Mind Maps

Concept maps and branching diagrams allow you to organise information spatially versus in a linear outline format. However, you still organise information from the general to the specific. You can then add details and examples that help you apply the information.

2)  Comparison charts

A comparison chart allows you to organise information visually so that you can see relationships among categories or characteristics. It is a very effective format when you need to be able to understand the differences or similarities among facts, theories, theorists, processes, etc.

3) Concept cards/ Flash Cards

Create these using index cards.

4. Diagram

Diagrams allow you to visually represent dynamic information such as a process, procedure, stages, and steps.

5 Acronyms

Forming an acronym is a good strategy to use to remember information in any order. An acronym is a word that is formed from the first letter of each fact to be remembered. It can be a real word or a nonsense word you are able to pronounce.

Here is how to form an acronym.

  • Write the facts you need to remember.

  • Underline the first letter of each fact. If there is more than one word in a fact, underline the first l

  • etter of only the first word in the fact.

  • Arrange the underlined letters to form an acronym that is a real word or a nonsense word you can prono

  • unce.


  • Use COLOUR to aid memory recall

  • PERSONALISE your notes - make them your own

  • PICTURES - where possible add relevant and meaningful pictures to you notes