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7.11.11

Be creative when you study



My concentration levels aren't always good when it comes to studying, so I found a solution. When you combine something you love with something important, the two merge together seamlessly. When I started my A Levels, I bought a Moleskine (accidently). The purpose of it was to work as a little sketchbook, but I bought the notebook instead of the one with thick drawing paper. But I decided to re-write my notes whilst adding little illustrations. It actually made revision fun. It almost felt as if I was putting a book together and everytime I read it on the bus I felt quite pleased with myself.

It's a great way to revise for a number of reasons:
- You get to draw! (If you're arty this will appeal to you)
- You can test out your typography skills
- You can be creative and really plan and make a page look good
- Once it's finished you can carry it everywhere instead of carrying big heavy text books around.
- By writing/drawing it yourself it's more likely to add semantic value to it - meaning you're more likely to remember it.
- After reading it a lot and looking at the pictures you've drawn you'll be able to visualise the pages in the exam.

I could go on. But seriously guys, it's much more fun than just writing on lined paper or just simply reading your notes. I don't think you take them in as well that way, somehow.

(In my current Study-Moleskine you can see I've had fun making the titles fancy and colouring in. Neuroscience is one of the topics covered on my course, so I was labelling the brain and the functions, hence the eye and mouth. I hope you've learnt something.)

8 comments :

  1. This is actually a very good idea! I'm definitely going to give this a shot - if anything just for the fun of it! I sometimes find it hard to remember things and sketching them into small pieces of art would definitely help process it. Great post!!

    xx,
    Mikaela

    Framboise Fashion

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  2. That sounds like such a great revision idea/tool (: Luckily my degree is completely assignment based and assessed, but I always find visuals as well as text a useful way to study. Your Moleskine looks great! xx

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  3. This is such a clever idea! It looks gorgeous too xo

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  4. I always take notes in my sketchbook (for some classes at least). It's so useful because I learn visually so when I'm taking notes and drawing information out, I learn better than just taking plain notes.

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  5. Your study-drawing is so cool! Unfortunately, I'm terrible at drawing, so that I avoid it even with things like anatomy, where you're meant to draw.

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  6. This looks like a great idea. I also have a hard time studying, but mostly i get by.

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  7. what a great idea! I've never thought of this, but I might as well try it...as soon as I saw the picture I smiled because I just learned this in psychology too!

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  8. This is a really good idea, and so cute! I used to spend hours making posters for my revision with all this kind of stuff on it, then hung them on my bedroom wall and would read them every night before bed. Made visualising everything so much easier! x

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