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I am starting to work through the Berkeley Review Chemistry books. It's been a while since I took Chemistry. Would taking notes on the content be worthwhile? Or a waste of time?

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Drexon

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it would really depend on your preference.
do you learn and remember concepts better by taking notes?
if your answer is yes then i would suggest taking notes.
however (speaking on personal experience) as you start taking notes you'll begin to notice that you'll be taking notes on a lot of stuff. This is because test company review books ( kaplan, princeton, berkely, EK ) have condensed all the material you'll ever need to know for the test. So you'll end up copying the text almost verbatim..

haha that's why i stopped taking notes but rather writing in margins my personal reflection of the material and helpful hints etc so that when i need to review etc i reread the material really quick but focus on my helpful hints that i write in as guidance etc.

but it really depends on preference. sorry i dont know if that's much help.
best of luck!
 
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however (speaking on personal experience) as you start taking notes you'll begin to notice that you'll be taking notes on a lot of stuff. This is because test company review books ( kaplan, princeton, berkely, EK ) have condensed all the material you'll ever need to know for the test. So you'll end up copying the text almost verbatim..
Can't agree more. I am currently reviewing Kaplan's bio book and I decided to take notes. I got up to chapter 5 and my hands were literally hurting from all the note taking. That's when I stopped... The review books are notes themselves when you think about it: all the info condensed into 100 pages.
 

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Can't agree more. I am currently reviewing Kaplan's bio book and I decided to take notes. I got up to chapter 5 and my hands were literally hurting from all the note taking. That's when I stopped... The review books are notes themselves when you think about it: all the info condensed into 100 pages.

The verdict is in....Whats best for you man. Elaborate on the books' notes or just repetitiously read.
 

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I found that taking notes helped me a lot... not only because concepts stick in my mind better when i write them down but also because it was easier for me to go back to my notes and find something quickly rather than flipping through a huge book... I divided my notes by topic: ex. Notes on solubility were on one set of stapled papers and equilibrium on another... this way i could find exactly what i was looking for much faster when reviewing or simply looking up details of concepts or formulas...