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- Use a 3-ring notebook large enough to hold all necessary materials.
- Keep a plastic pouch in the front of your notebook to hold your school supplies.
- Using dividers, separate your notebook into sections according to subject.
- Within each section keep:
- A pocket folder. Label the inside left pocket "To be Completed or Graded". Label the inside right pocket "Graded Papers".
- A spiral notebook or notebook paper. When spirals are used, it is easier to keep notes together. However, it is important that each spiral be used only for the subject for which it is intended.
- Date and punch holes in all papers handed out and place them in the proper section of your notebook, or in your pocket folder.
- Date your notes! As soon as you sit down in your classroom, open your notebook and write down the date.
- Take notes on what your teacher discusses in class. If you are listening, participating , and taking notes, you are increasing your ability to absorb the material.
- Keep your notes up-to-date. If you were absent prior to that class date, leave enough blank pages so you can fill in with notes you borrow from a classmate, and copy.
- Star important items in your notes. When taking notes, always write down and highlight, underline, or star items which your teacher says are important or are ones to know for a test.
- When taking notes, use abbreviations whenever possible.
- Make correction ON your homework, quiz, or test papers using a red pen, when grading them in class. Review your errors!
- Keep all notes, handouts, and tests from previously completed units in a portable file box which has been divided according to subject. These will come in handy for reference and semester exams.