Want to learn a new subject quickly and accurately? Take control of how you pay attention, take notes, and later study those notes.
You’re going to have a bad time if you rely solely on fact memorization, especially when it comes to tough and complex subjects. A good set of notes can be periodically checked against in order to make sure our knowledge is properly maintained, and the mere act of taking the notes down does wonders for memory.
You see, good notes highlight the big stuff, the important details, the “on the test stuff.” When you study later you aren’t bogged down by the un-essentials. Your efforts are focused and streamlined.
And all of this starts with the ability to summarize.