Tips to Score Good Marks in Note-Making

Today, extensive reading is required in each and every field. Be it school, some research or work, we’re often bombered with a variety of information. It often becomes difficult to recall all the important ideas we may have read.
The best way is not-making, along with using abbreviations. The main purpose of key to abbreviations is to facilitate understanding for the readers too. Thus, note making can be a useful thing to share notes with each other and even revise for an exam.

Tips to Prepare Notes and Summary

  • Prepare notes using phrases only and never use compete sentences.
  • The topic sentence of each paragraph is the main point/the central theme and the ideas affiliated to it are the sub-points. These can be one or more depending on the concepts in the paragraph.
  • Sub points should be limited to five.
  • Each sub point may or may not have supplementary ideas which become sub sub points. Do not give examples to support the main ideas.
  • Proper indentation is essential.
  • Provide an appropriate title for the notes and the summary.
  • Include a minimum of 4-6 distinctly different, recognizable short forms of the longer words in the notes. You may also use symbols and figures for abbreviation.
  • Underline all short forms.
  • Cover all the important points in the passage while preparing notes.
  • Identify and club similar ideas scattered in different paragraphs/areas of the passage before subtitling  the text paragraph wise, to make notes short and precise.
  • Using all the important points in the notes,prepare a cohesive and coherent summary in about 80 words.
  • In the summary, use third person, indirect speech and the past tense wherever possible.
  • Write the summary in complete sentences in a single paragraph. Remember to keep it short and brief.
    Give the summary an appropriate title.


The small village of Somnathpur contains an extraordinary temple, built around 1268 A.D. by the Hosasalas of Karnataka – one of the most prolific temple builders. While these suffered during the invasions of the 14th century, the Somanathpur Temple stands more or less intact in its near original condition.

This small temple captivates the beauty and vitality of first detailed sculpture, covering almost every inch of the walls, pillars and even ceilings. It has three shikharas and stands on a star shaped, raised platform with 24 edges. The elaborate ornamentation, the very characteristic of Hoyasala sculptures, was a remarkable feature. On closer look, the series of friezes on the outer walls reveal intricately carved caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, stylized flowers, warriors, musicians crocodiles and swans.

The temple was actually commissioned by Soma Dandanayaka or Somanth, the minister of the Hoyasala king, Narasimha, the Third.

Leading from here were three corridors each ending in a shrine, one for each kind of Krishna, though only two remain in their original forms. I tried to discern the different images. The temple’s sculptural perfection is amazing and it includes the doors of the temple and the three elegantly carved towers.



  1. The village temple
    1.1 Built in the village of Somanthpur
    1.2 1268 AD- by hoyasalas
    1.3 Most prolific bldrs
    1.4 Stands intact even now
  2. Temple: the beauty and vitality
    2.1 Detailed sculpture
    2.1.1 Series of friezes on outer walls
    2.1.2 Intricately carved elephants
    2.2 Three shikharas- stands * shaped, raised platform
    2.3 The outer walls- the detailed carvings
    2.4 The entire surface
    2.5 Vertical panels covered by exq fig
  3. Representation of Hinduism
    3.1 Incarnations
    3.2 Many deities
  4. Temple in the history
    4.1 Comsnd Soma Dandanayaka or Somnath
    4.2 The inner center of the temple
    4.3 Three corridors ending in a shrine


  1. Bldrs         :    Builders
  2. *                :    Star
  3. Exq           :     Exquisite
  4. Fig            :    Figures
  5. Comsnd    :   Commissioned.


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