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Comprehending and Reviewing your Notes

Again, the important factor is whether or not, at a later time, you are able to reread your notes with comprehension. The "later date" should be as soon as possible after you have taken your notes.

Do not wait several days or a week to review your notes. When writing your notes very quickly, there may be some words that are actually scribbled. If a week passes before you attempt to read your notes, you may not be able to understand some of your own scribble.

Therefore, it is best to review your notes the same day, while the speaker's words are still swimming in your head and while your scribble may still have meaning. You may wish to clarify or rewrite some of your notes at that time.