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The Visuals of Note-Taking

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Today’s post is for those who are revising for their summer exams! If you’re a visual learner, then this post is the most appropriate for you guys. Don’t worry, I’ll be making another one for audio learners, and kinaesthetic learners, but for now, we’ll be focusing on those who are visual, since I am one of them myself. So, I’ll be writing some tips for you guys, and how these tips can help with studying.


Post-It Notes Are Friends

Big, bold, bright. Those are the three words I’d use when talking about Post-It Notes. Although they’ve become rather expensive lately, they’re actually your best friends when it comes to revising, studying or just taking notes. You don’t have to write a whole paragraph on them, just one or two words would do, and the reason, why these would be your best friend when studying, is because they can draw your attention to important notes.

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So, if you have a paragraph of notes that you need to read over again, just look for the Post-It Note that points you to it. Of course, you could also use them for highlighting important tasks for your homework, or project. For example, if one of your studies include art, science or design, you could use Post-Its to remind you to complete a task that’s related to those notes. If you don’t want to use the large square ones, you don’t have to worry, they also do index markers, that’s much smaller, like a small bookmark that doesn’t take up too much space!

1. Coloured Card And Short Facts

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If you’re cramming last minute facts, then I suggest using coloured card for similar facts. So, if you’re studying history, or a subject that needs a lot of information, then categorise your notes. Ok, an example is best here…Let’s see…Let’s say I’m studying ancient civilisations, I need to categorise each subject. For example, if I’m focusing on…I don’t know…ancient Egypt, I’d organise the bullet points so they fit under different categories, like culture, religion, language, politics, etc.

2. Fine-liners, Felt Tips And More Colour

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If you’re strapped for time, and don’t have enough resources to use coloured card, then try taking notes in different colours. Now many forget that not everything needs to be remembered. Sometimes keywords just need to stand out, because they could be used to trigger your memory. Again, we’ll use a specific example. Ok, so let’s say I’m studying a language like Spanish, for example. I’ll need to remember keywords for my exams or assignments. So, when I need to remember a word, I can remember it because of the colour that I assigned to it.

3. Mind Map Summaries

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So, these ones are more for those who dabble in doodling and art. Don’t mistake me, it’s not specifically for art students, it’s for anyone who knows how to doodle or at least try to. Mind Maps are great visual aids for remembering facts about specific subjects. For example, if I were studying biology, I’d need a Mind Map for the plethora of information I need to remember, like genes, and the science behind being healthy, or the different functions of the body. Mind Maps  are a bit like using coloured card, but these facts are much more summarised, so use these in conjunction with your notes, because these mind maps won’t do anything else other than remind you the summary of what you’ve learned.

Colour Is Key

Ok, so you’ve probably noticed that in the last three headings, I’ve added numbers at the beginning of each piece. That’s because they all condense down into this one point…COLOUR IS KEY! With visual learners, just looking over notes that are monotonous, in black and white, do nothing at all. Adding colour to your notes gives you an anchor to them. If that doesn’t make sense, let me explain it another way…

Think about the letters of the alphabet, individually.

Now focus on one letter.

What colour is that letter?

Here’s another way to look at it.

Think about the subjects you’re taking.

What colour do you associate with that subject?

So, if you’re studying history, what colour is that subject?

If you’re studying maths, what colour is?

Don’t think about the specifics, just think about the word itself, what colour is that word?

Are you getting it? With visual students, our world is full of colour. So, by associating colours to your subjects and important facts, all you need to do is remember that one particular colour, and you’ll be able to pull up whatever it is you need. Of course, it won’t come right away, but it will eventually trigger that memory.

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Ok, so that’s just a few tips I have, I know there are a wealth of other methods of visual learning, like making presentations for yourself, using pictures to instruct yourself in something, but these are the most effective means of revision, especially for those of us who are visual learners. It’s not so much about writing the notes, but the means to remember them.


With that in mind, it’s your turn. What other revision tips can you suggest to visual learners? Any new techniques people don’t know about? What about your opinion on these methods? Leave all your tips in the jar below, and we’ll see you soon!

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