I've always had very messy notes. I often end up re-writing them after class because I had to write so quickly to keep up with the discussion or lesson. They were always in pencil or black pen- not much fun to revise. Then I stumbled across this section of tumblr, called "studyblr".
It's where Tumblr users post their school notes- but their notes aren't the ordinary black pen, scribbled, barely legible notes I often take. Color coded, filled with doodles, and written in some of the neatest handwriting I've ever seen, these notes are actually pretty to look at!
Finding these "studyblrs", as they're called, inspired me to try and make my notes look more like the ones I saw scrolling through my dashboard. As a senior, it's pretty late in the game to be changing up my note-taking style, but it's already been helping my focus. Re-writing my notes after class in my "good" notebook helps me refresh what I've learned and retain it for longer:
If making your notes studyblr-worthy sounds like fun to you, below are a list of tips I've picked up since school started to make your notes more aesthetically pleasing, and far easier to study from (in my opinion):
1. If your class goes too fast for you to take organized, clean notes, use a "scrap" notebook during school and re-copy the notes into your official notebook when you get home. Not only do you get to re-think the information at your own pace, you can re-organize it to best fit your understanding of the information and use colors and highlighters to draw out important parts.
2. Get lots of colored pens! Writing in different colors (say, pink for definitions, blue for dates, etc.) can help your brain remember information better.
3. Don't type your notes. While it may go faster, it makes it more difficult to retain information. Writing everything by hand makes your brain remember what you are writing (rather than absentmindedly typing).
4. Develop abbreviations that work for you, in order to make your notes shorter and allow you to not spend as much time scribbling in your notebook in class.
5. Lastly, when you're reviewing for a test utilize these notes that you have spent time organizing and coding. Not only will you already have a good foundation for the information, you'll have an easier time picking out what is important to know for the assessment by going over what you highlighted or marked during class.