Have you ever pored over a chapter of a textbook, only to realize you don’t remember anything that you just read? Or worse — you did take notes, but you basically ended up highlighting the entire chapter because you weren’t sure what was important?

Taking notes when you read is an important part of learning and retaining material, but taking good notes from a textbook that will actually benefit you, in the long run, is a different matter entirely.

If you are struggling with your notes, don’t be discouraged. With a little practice, you will be able to take notes from a textbook like a pro — quickly, efficiently, and effectively — to get the most out of your studies.