Note-taking is one of the most effective ways to boost your IELTS UKVIpreparation. It helps you to record all the information that you acquired during your review session. Aside from that, you can also use your notes to study your lectures at home. However, taking notes during lectures is quite challenging. Sometimes, you might miss some information because you write too slowly. To make sure that you are able to write down all the information during your review classes, try creating your personal shorthand.

IELTS UKVI Note-taking

What is personal shorthand?
Personal shorthand is a note-taking method in which you use abbreviations and symbols in place of whole words. You can record information quickly to make your note-taking more efficient. Except when you are preparing a sentence outline, use your shorthand to take notes. Just make sure that you can interpret it well. Here are personal shorthand suggestions that you can prepare before going in your IELTS UKVI review center:

     1.    Use only one abbreviation for each word.
As you create abbreviations for each word, make sure that you only use them once so you will not be confused when reading your notes. For example, for the word Would and Wood, you can abbreviate Would with WLD and Wood with WOD.

     2.    Use capital letters to for stand some words.
Use capital letters to emphasize specific words such as P for paragraph, S for sentence, W for words, SS for speaking skills, WS for writing skills, RS for reading skills and LS for listening skills.

     3.    Use only the first and last letters or first three letters of a word.
When you abbreviate words, use the first and last letters or the first three letters of the word. For example, in adjective you can use AE or ADJ, in adverb you can use AB or ADV and in preparation you can use PN or PRE.

     4.    You can also use slashes and numbers.
You can also abbreviate words using slashes, like w/o for the word Without and b/c for the word because; or you can also use numbers, like b4 for the word before and c8 for the word classmate.

    5.    Use standard symbols to stand for words.
Using standard symbols such as # for the word number, = for the word equal, @ for the word at, + for the word plus or addition, & for the word and, % for the word percent and ? for the word question is also an effective personal shorthand.

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