I think we can all agree that note taking during classes and lectures is a key part of the learning process – and unless you’re lucky to have a photographic memory, it’s a necessity.
The biggest challenge students face is copying down the sheer volume of information that a lecturer is presenting you with, without missing anything and whilst still trying to actively listen and understand.
We’ve pulled together a list of the most common abbreviations and annotation tricks to help speed up note taking and make the process that much simpler!
C: (e.g. 21C for ‘twenty-first century’)
c.: Approximately, roughly, about (abbreviation for the Latin ‘circa’)
cf.: Compared to, in comparison with
diff.: Different, difference
e.g.: For example
etc.: And so on
i.e.: That is, that means, in other words
NB: Important, notice this, note well
re.: Regarding, about
T.: Theory, theoretical
viz.: Namely, that is to say
asap: As soon as possible
Wrt: With respect to
r.: Rate (i.e. birth r.)
soc.: Social or society
C19: Nineteenth century; similarly C20 etc.
1920s: i.e. 1920-1929; similarly 1970s etc.
G.B.: Great Britain
U.K: United Kingdom