This year I have resolved that very soon after I attend any martial arts class run by someone other than myself, I will make notes. In the past I have made notes, true, but only occasionally. This year I will do it every time.
After class, usually when I get home, I jot down the main points. Some nice aspects of this process are:
- My attention is not split during class (unlike e.g. making notes during a lecture)
- It sharpens my memory
- It only takes a few minutes
- It helps turn reflection into a habit
- It is transferable to day-to-day life
Interestingly, every class so far has prompted me to make at least one small page of notes. And seminars and advanced classes have me filling pages.
Naturally, reviewing the notes later also turns out to be really useful.