Typed outlines permit greater flexibility in adding to the outline. It is easier to insert new knowledge, and/or re-organize outlines. In addition, working on a common outline can be undertaken in a study group (preferably with everyone in the same room), such as by using Google Docs’ share feature. If you subscribe to Microsoft’s Sharepoint, you can also share files. If you do choose to utilize typed text, take full advantage of formatting changes. For example, use different color type, highlighting, italics and bold fonts. Create three columns on a page for your content. Consider using text boxes. Then, print out your completed outlines and review them, with paper in hand, adding additional highlights.
Since material which is covered in class is usually far more commonly utilized as the source for quiz or exam questions, highlight the key concepts which were covered in class in your outline, either with a highlighter or by using a “*” or other symbol.
Lastly, if problems were covered during the lecture, use your revised outline to go back and review the problems. Solve them yourself. If additional problem sets exist in the textbook, which you have previously not covered, test out the use of your outline on these problem sets.
Dr. Ron A. Rhoades is an Asst. Professor of Finance at Western Kentucky University's Gordon Ford College of Business, where he chairs the (B.S. Finance) Financial Planning Program. An innovative, passionate teacher, he is the author of Choose to Succeed in College and in Life: Continously Improve, Persevere, and Enjoy the Journey (2014), from which many of these blog posts are derived.
Dr. Rhoades also serves as a consultant to the Garrett Planning Network, a nationwide network of independent, Fee-Only financial planners making competent, objective financial advice accessible to all people. He is the author of several books, dozens of articles, and he is a frequent speaker at financial planning and investments conferences. He is the recipient of many awards for his advocacy on behalf of the fiduciary standard. Dr. Rhoades is also a member of The Florida Bar, and he practices estate planning and transfer taxation for select current clients.
Dr. Rhoades and his wife, Cathy, reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky.