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The scientific case for doodling while taking notes

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The scientific case for doodling while taking notes
When I was in grade school, I doodled in class. I got in trouble for it sometimes, because drawing in class can look a lot like goofing off and daydreaming. What I never managed to explain to my teachers is that my abstract swirls and shapes helped me repeat almost word-for-word the lesson I'd heard.

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Visual note-taking

Visual note-taking

Using simple words and pictures helps us to see connections between pieces of information, get a better idea of what we understand and what we don’t, and remember it for later.

By using a combination of words and quick images, the note-taker listens, digests, and captures on paper the essence of what has been heard.

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Helpful tips for trying visual note-taking

  • Turn your paper 90 degrees so it’s longer than it is tall. 
  • Pair images with your own words.
  • Arrange them on the page in a way that makes sense to you
  • The images don’t have to be complicated or artsy. They don’t have to make sense to anybody else. They just have to be meaningful to you.

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SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Note Taking

Students who take notes during a lecture or presentation achieve more than those who just passively listen.

Note-taking makes one's attention focused on the ideas being discussed, and also le...

Note Taking Cues

When the instructor says 'this is important' or 'note this', or gives a non-verbal cue that the content being discussed is important, it can enhance the student's note-taking. They can also listen to the cues to help them organize their lessons.

Revision of notes

Revision of notes, done right after the lecture, is a crucial step so that any missing lesson ideas can be filled using our short-term memory.

  • Hand-written notes are better than laptops as the latter can be distracting, with students checking email or playing games. It also distracts nearby students.

  • Laptop notes are inferior as they are verbatim and shallow.

  • Hand-written notes are well-thought-out, summarized and have a lot of graphic information that is missing from laptop notes.

Note Taking - Starter Tips

Preparation steps before a note-taking session:

  • Try to get familiar with the topic that is going to be discussed, beforehand. This leads to better understanding.
  • M...

Outline Method

Taking a structured approach to note-taking is the best way. Put the outline notes by choosing four or five key points of the lecture, followed by in-depth sub-points. One way to review is to use the Cornell Method, which divides the note sheet into three sections:

  • Cues: It includes key questions and main points.
  • Notes: Which you write during the class using the outline method. 
  • Summary: Which you can write after class while reviewing.

The Mind Map

The mind map is a visual diagram of abstract concepts.

It works best in subjects like chemistry, history and philosophy, subjects having a neural network like interlocked and complex topics. 

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Drawing

Drawing
  • Drawing is an act of being present in the moment.
  • Drawing is an act of capturing and connecting - it is evidence of what happened on the page at any particular moment.

Drawing and conflict

When we draw something while we are in conflict, we can map the conflict out and represent it in a safe space - on paper. It creates distance between the conflict and the person. 

  • It may reduce tension. It can make people see themselves as builders of their new reality.

  • Drawing can build collaboration between people. When working on a project, drawing the framework of the conflict can result in two parties represented together on one piece of paper.

  • Drawing can contain people’s emotions in addition to their words. 

Graphic facilitation vs. fine art

In fine art, we can make abstract marks that are only about self-expression.

In graphic facilitation, drawing is used to make things understandable. An abstract thought can be represented with an image.