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Using abbreviations

 

Abbreviations are useful because they:

  • save time
  • connect key points.

Use standard abbreviations and develop your own. Shortening commonly used words is also a way to save time when note-taking.

Common abbreviations

Meanings
causes / leads to
an increase
greater than >
a decrease
and &
equals =
is not equal to
positive +
less than <
Meanings
for example eg
concerning / about re
note well NB
therefore
that is ie
and others et al
negative -ve
compared with cf