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.)