Dear PF readers, I have finished my first year physics at university and will start my second year in the beginning of this autumn. Whilst my exam results for this year were excellent, I am not completely satisfied with my methods of learning - I personally think there are more efficient methods to learn the material. My learning strategy is usually go to lectures, make lectures notes (standard compulsory thing for everyone who does physics I think), then come back to the halls, do quite a bit of private study which usually involves reading the material I learned that day and writing up a very detailed summary of that material. Unfortunately this process is time consuming and usually things like coursework and lab reports are in my way so I do fall behind this and usually have to catch up much later (during half term when I prepare for my exams). Now when the exam time comes I start my revision roughly 5 weeks before my first exam. The strategy I employ there is try to finish my revision guides for each module and do lots of questions from the course books and exam papers. Everyday I assign a different topic to revise, read through the home - made revision guides and then do lots of practice questions. I realise that once you learn a topic conceptually you have to reinforce it by doing a lot of practice questions - I think this is quite a vital factor since you learn how to apply the concepts to solve physical problems. The problem that I have with this strategy is that I produce a lot of work in terms of writing it down on paper. You may think there is nothing wrong with that, but the amount that I write I feel like I am destroying an entire forest. And I don't want to throw that work away, so it accumulates. (I have this weird idea that if I throw it away it will leave my brain haha i know... but also I like to keep it to for the sake of something to remember). For the second academic year I was planning to get a tablet laptop with a digitizer pen so I could do all the work in it including taking lecture notes. This would have saved me an immense amount of space and trees :D. However, in the end I decided not to buy it due to the cost - 1.5k for a lenovo thinkpad x220t is slightly out of my student budget. I am still considering in buying a dictaphone to record the lectures, however, I am not sure if it would be beneficial, so I would like to hear from anyone whose done it. I feel like what I do in lectures is not enough so I want to utilise the lecture time a bit more. So just to sum up, I am just trying to find ways to make my learning a bit more efficient and effective. I would love to hear how you learn physics and which aspects of your learning strategy are the most effective. I also would appreciate any comments/criticisms on my strategy of learning. Thanks in advance, Kind regards, Cygni.