Tips for Fast Note-Taking, Part#2 Symbols

3 days ago, I published the first part of note taking tips. Now, I am publishing the second part (the last part). Some symbols, especially math symbols, help you save time. Here is a little list of symbols:

–>  Leads to, causes, makes…

<–  comes from, result of…

↑ increase, go up, rise

↓decrease, lower, go down

& and

@ at

/ per

P page

Pp pages

? question

+ plus, in addition, also

–          minus

= equal, is, as a result, hence

≠ not equal

≈ about, approximately

X times

> greater than

< less than

$ money

% percent

# number

ht height

wt weight

2 to, too, two

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Excellent! Thanks for summarizing and posting.


  2. Posted by Janeth Murillo on January 11, 2012 at 05:22

    I use the same “no equal” symbol to indicate ‘different’, too! 🙂 Thanks a lot for sharing!


  3. Yes, I evolved some of these myself 30 or 40 years ago, but I’m not sure I’d use “2” in those ways. Starting the note with a “+” sign might work better for “too”. Other than for quantity, “2” might cause confusion rather than clarity. Along with the prioritizing that is part of making an outline note or skeleton, colour-coding (felt-pen over the note for important items, underlining for less important ones) is extremely helpful.
    We are often called on to summarize or simply reorganize a text for the sake of clarity.


  4. Obviously “@” to indicate the rate of something is helpful too, as are “#”, “%”, “&”, etc.:
    “wd” for “would”–thus also “cd” and “sd” for “could” and “should”–“rem.” for “remember”, “nec.” for “necessary”–thus necty.” for “necessity” and lots of other similar conversions of adjectives to nouns, such as “certy” for “certainty”.

    Laziness is the mother of invention, at least in my case!


  5. Posted by Grace on November 14, 2012 at 13:05

    what a wonderful symbols.They really are helpful Thanks


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