Notability for mains notes, daily newspapers on iOS
Evernote and readwise for online articles, snaps while on mobile and pc.
Anki for everything factual related for prelims prep
Been hearing a lot about anki. Considering I'm a total noob and going for 2022 attempt, is it worth investing time learning it from scratch?
Since you are a 2022 aspirant, you have more than enough time. Learning the basics of Anki takes 15 minutes to half an hour (at max). The major time taken would be in making your flashcards in Anki. To save time on that, you can download readymade decks or collaborate with a few others and divide your work.
One important piece of advice: Anki is just a tool. The principle behind it is Active Learning. Focus on that, even if you're unable to use Anki.
» show previous quotesHandwittten people out there, can you suggest how to organise offline notes? A4 loose sheets or notebook? and how to systematise static notes which is one time work + current which is daily add on?, Should we leave blank pages for that? ( Organisation a difficult task, but I don't want to opt for online mode) Any suggestions to optimise it?
Handwritten person here :) I never made notes for current affairs so I have no idea how to organise dynamic notes, but for static notes I used loose A4 sheets and plenty of files. Loose sheets are more flexible than notebooks. I would suggest leave a bit of a margin on the side to add points later if you come across any or to help summarize for revision. Get some highlighters or sketch pens in bulk, and use them to mark different types of things and for different rounds of revision. Occasionally you can try to read the source material and give yourself a time limit to note down points from memory - the skill required for mains.
Adding to it, if I do not write something or create notes, I feel I haven't done any work. Maybe an old habit.
Absolutely! Nothing on a screen looks as satisfying as a 60 page file feels in my hand :D
I’m somewhere in between, making notes using OneNote felt liberating. Made all of them section wise like the person above has done. But re-reading and revising them? God! Maut aati thi :P
Had to print them eventually. Now feels nice to highlight them or scribble on them, revision has also been easier. Old habits die hard.
I've kinda faced the same issue. My online notes look good and organised. But I'll any day prefer studying from printouts. Unfortunately, Notion printouts lose their functionality. So trying to adapt my study habits now