When you make quick notes, it helps if you can use a shorthand way of writing things down, and most students adopt their own set of familiar abbreviations. It is quite useful to shorten any frequently used words, and some common examples are given below.
- ed for 'education'
- R for 'research'
- soc-con for 'social construction'
- div for 'diversity'
- eco for 'ecology'
You could also adopt a method of removing all (or most of) the vowels from words, for example
- mngmt for 'management'
- mkt for 'market'
- dvpt for 'development
There are also some commonly used symbols that are quick and easy to remember. You might even come up with a few of your own.
|plus (or it could mean also)|
|less than or smaller than, or less important than|
|greater than or more than, or more important than|
|question mark - a good way to remind yourself to ask about something or look up this point later on|
|woman or female|
|man or male|
|less than or equal to….|
|greater than or equal to….|