Students may be overwhelmed by lecture style classes in college or high school because they are tested on what the teacher or professor says. But how can anybody take notes as fast as the instructor talks? Students can often miss very important information and thus make low grades on tests just because they do not know some simple note taking strategies like using shorthand shortcuts.

Using shorthand shortcuts to take better notes is actually an old trick. It is not a new language or skill to learn, it just involves creating a system of abbreviations that make sense to you.

One of the most common shorthand abbreviations is "b/c". It is a shorthand abbreviation for the word "because" and takes much less time to write. Some people come up with some strange symbols and abbreviations for their notes, but all that matters is that you know what it means when it is time to study.

To develop your own shorthand note taking system, skim through your textbook at the beginning of the semester. Find out some commonly used words or phrases and develop some shorthand for them. For example, someone taking a literature class might often come across the term "point of view" and creates a shorthand shortcut of "pov" while taking notes.

Here are some of the most common shorthand tricks to give you an idea of how to get started: @ = at, bf = before, hyp = hypothesis, fos = figure of speech, ch = chapter.

Making up your own shorthand shortcuts are a a great way to speed up your note taking. More efficient notes means that you will be able to record more information, thus paving the way for you to ace your next exam.