How can it be effective to take notes?

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Are your notes boring and messed up? Try Lena's five tips to make your homework book and study summaries beautiful.

1. Think about what is important and just note that.

You can add small sketches to your homework book or your study summary so that you can memorize everything better. Our brain likes to remember images and text together best and best!

2. Use visual aids.


Bullet point: They can fit the topic, but they can also be entirely fictitious. Use the same bullets for similar content. This will help you sort your thoughts faster.

With fun to learning success - that's how it's done


Box to check off: The more important the task, the bigger the box can get. It can also be round. Otherwise, it will look good if it's about the size of your font.


Arrows: These are real all-rounders! They help you to specify reading directions and provide orientation on the sheet. They can represent relationships and interactions and and and ...


Little doodles: Yes, doodling is expressly allowed here! A picture is often worth a thousand words and helps you to grasp content faster or to remember it.

3. While writing

You can choose different fonts for your headline, subheading and your normal text. But: Use your fonts carefully! If you use more than three different fonts, your text will get very wild and everything will seem equally important.

For the headings and sub-headings, you can use bold block letters, lovely cursive fonts, and something else. There are no limits to your imagination!

It's best to use your handwriting for normal text. Try to write legibly as you do this.

4. It also needs a structure.

Depending on what you want to capture, there are different layouts:

From the inside out …

among themselves …

linear, from left to right ...

or completely different (arrows can help here).

5. Also beautiful: colors.

Pick the strongest color for the text or your drawings. The highest contrast to the paper is the clearest eye-catcher!

You can set highlights with one or two colors. You can use it to break up your notes. They should definitely be more subtle than the strongest color so that they don't compete with each other. Danger: If a color predominates too much, the eye no longer knows exactly where to look first. So less is more!

If you would like to find out more about the sketch grade, you will find even more great and helpful tips and tricks at Nadine Roßa. I highly recommend your books.

about the author


Lena studied communication design at the Trier University of Applied Sciences. She has been working as an illustrator in video production at sofatutor.com since October 2016.

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