It's not about good handwriting
Taking notes (by hand) is one of the best ways to not only remember what you read, hear or learn, but also helps you to make connections and think more deeply on the topic. It helps because it ensures you are
Of course, not everyone learns the same way, nor is every task the same; fortunately, there are different note-taking styles to use and adapt to what best suits you.
It's not enough to just read a text over and over. You need to interact with the content in an active, critical way. What does that mean?
Remember, use a highlighter only for important ideas. It's not helpful to highlight everything!