What is a reasonable amount of study notes? Is it better to cover information in detail and have say, 40 pages worth or is it better to only briefly mention things and have 20 pages? And how do you cut down if you have too many?  I personally try to be as brief as possible without completely removing context or phrasing things in a way that eventuates in me having no idea what I was learning. I still manage to end up with far too many though :(. How do you do yours?

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Write your notes down in a way that is consistent with your learning style. I usually write down facts and figures with a brief explanation because those are the vital parts of education. But, if I don't understand something, then I'll write down more. Brief and concise notes are best for reviews and studying for tests. For actually understanding a certain concept, more reading and studying might be required. For those things, write down websites and resources and don't forget to go back to them until you fully understand the concepts.

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I suggest taping lectures, if they are lectures, if it is allowed.  You can also tape yourself talking your way through your thought process, or explaining things.  When I was in college, I used to tape my professors and then listen to the tape in the car and at home.  At home, I would listen to the lecture and follow along on my notes.

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