I have to take very good notes in order for me to be able to study. In my AP US history class we had to take notes in outline form and from then on that is how I take notes (or some version of that). Usually for history classes I take notes in outline form, but for others I just write things down. Outline format is really helpful in history because it is has a clear and easy to read format. Whatever kind of notes I take I always go back and highlight them. I use a different color for people’s names, dates, key events and places. This makes me look really OCD but it helps keep me organized. Also, by highlighting, I get to reread my notes and I have to decide what the important facts are. I use the same format for taking notes in class as I do for researching (color coding and everything). If I don’t I will get really unorganized and have no idea where or what anything is.