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How to Study Your Notes (Effectively Highlight and Color Code)

Do you know how to study your notes? In this video, I will show you how to effectively color code and highlight your notes. You will be able to use this study technique for any note taking method. In detail, I show you the color coding system I use every time I take notes. I also show you how you will adjust your system based on the topic or subject you are taking notes on. After this, you will be able to effectively and efficiently study.

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Whether you are a teacher trying to help ALL your students navigate the writing process, a parent struggling at home to help their child with distance learning or a student that just got a massive essay in class, this channel is for you! I walk you through the entire writing process from start to finish. In this channel, you will find research-based, classroom-tested, student approved literacy skills for equitable education! My hope is that these videos will help you as you write in school and at home. I am a classroom teacher myself, so I know how hard teaching writing is. I use all these videos in my own classroom to support and differentiate the learning for ALL my students. I have found these videos extremely helpful for ALL students especially English Language Learners. I also provide free classroom materials to help you teach writing to ALL your kids.

  • 0:00 Study Notes Introduction
  • 0:21 Purpose of Color Coding
  • 1:30 How I Color Code My Notes
  • 2:34 How to Create Your Own System
  • 3:20 Example of Cornell Notes
  • 4:41: Example of Outline Notes
Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.