Do you struggle to read large pages full of text? Find writing notes in class a bit boring? Consider yourself more of a visual rather than verbal learner? Sketchnoting could be an interesting study technique for you to try out instead.
What is sketchnoting?
As the name implies, sketchnoting is a way of taking notes, but instead of writing just words, you incorporate pictures and graphics as well. The great thing about sketchnoting is that there isn’t just one way to do it; you can experiment and find what works best for you. And it doesn’t matter if you think you can’t draw. Even using basic graphics like arrows, charts and thought bubbles counts as sketchnoting.
You can incorporate as many pictures and diagrams into your notes as you like. If you’re a very visual learner, connecting pictures and graphics to short sentences can help to jog your memory easier, and make note taking more fun. Sometimes you might just want to pop in a little diagram here and there, and that’s okay too.
What are the benefits of sketchnoting?
Sketchnoting helps you to focus on what you’re listening to or reading. You’ll need to really concentrate to be able to condense the information into pictures.
Studies also show that drawing information as well as writing it down helps you remember it better. When you’re going back over your notes later, the pictures and diagrams can work as a way to quickly jog your memory without having to read through lines of words.
Best of all, it allows you to be as creative as you like and can even be a bit of fun.
Where can I learn more?
If you want to find out more, you can read about sketchnoting in Verbal to Visual’s blog here, which also includes some handy videos and pictures: https://www.verbaltovisual.com/what-is-sketchnoting/.
Or you can take this free online course to help you learn the basics: https://sketchnoteclassroom.com/p/7-days-to-start-sketchnoting.
And don’t forget, you can find heaps of other great study tips on our website here: https://studyworkgrow.com.au/grow/study-tips/.