Yes, it does, but that time isn’t lost—it’s invested. In return, your annotated notes will help speed up exam prep, because you can review critical concepts quickly and efficiently.
TIP: Try separating the reading and annotating processes— quickly read through a section of the text first, then go back and annotate.
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*Example annotations use excerpts from: Press, F. (2004). Understanding earth (4th ed). New York: W.H. Freeman. 208-210.