I found the notes I prepared studying for my DQEs - my doctoral qualifying exams from long, long ago - and I noticed something.
They're still clear to me. I understand the logic, the key words underlined, some jots and markings, and recall the books referenced.
No, I couldn't recreate the answers I wrote out in two long days of writing in a secluded room with pages and pages of blank pages and pens. But when I went back to my notes both nights after writing out hours and hours of answers to six and seven part questions those days, I recall I hadn't missed much from my notes.
Those were good notes apparently.
Because they worked for me.
No magic formula. No tricks, methods, hacks, or secrets.
They worked for me because they worked for me.
Do you take notes so they work for you?
If not, why do you bother?!