For @kkkkkelsy who asked;
Hello!☺️ It’s so nice to visit your studyblr. I think your studyblr and notes are so awesome. 😍 And I wonder how to take notes with color pens. Because my notes are always too colorful to review but if I only write in black, I can’t find the key point easily.
Hey! Oh god yes, sometimes I’ll be so engrossed with annotating or highlighting with different colours that when I step back to review my notes, it looks as if someone’s vomited a rainbow over my page.
Here are my three tips to avoid looking like your page has been destroyed;
1. Create a legend
- Useful for
- Note taking
- Annotating articles/notebooks/journal articles/ cases ○
- Language Study
- Speed reading large chunks of text
- Assign a label to each colour
- Each colour will correspond to a category of information
- This will help you find all the key points related to a particular topic
- (So if you write in black, you can write all your keywords/ definitions in colour)
- Here: yellow=section, blue = grammar structure, orange = particle, pink = new vocabulary, green = things I already know.
- Here green = legal issue , yellow = legal principle, blue= argument, pink = application to facts
2. Limit the colours you use
- Useful for
- Review sheets
- Chapters/ large topics
- Pick 2-3 colours for each chapter
- Write all the sub points in the other colour / black or blue pen
- When you change chapter, change to different set of colours.
- The key is to limit the colours you use per page, thus making it easier to read
- Useful for exam revision - in theory, the headings are used as memory prompts
- Here: three branches of government, three different colour schemes for each one
3. Colour each section or heading in a completely different colour
- Useful for
- Comparing /Contrasting perspectives
- Essay plans
- Colour each paragraph/chunk of notes/ section in a completely different colour
- Each viewpoint has a different colour
- Each time period has a different colour
Which one should I use?
The method I choose will depend on the subject, the type of content, and what I’m going to do with those notes (e.g. use them as revision, exam notes, or use them to write an essay). I will also combine two methods.
Why bother colour coding?
It may prompt your memory. When you have 200+ pages of notes for exams, its easier to locate key points. It makes it easier to organise and plan an essay.
What if I don’t have colourful pens?
Don’t fret! Got a pen and a pencil? Alternate between the two. Underline key points. Write keywords, headings etc in UPPERCASE and associated points in lower case. Experiment with different handwriting styles and sizes.
This is all nice and well, but I type my notes!
So do I! The heading options, customising my keyboard, shortcuts and the ToC have been my bffl throughout law school. Seriously.
Other tips I have found useful:
- Legends for your notes by @academicmind
- How to take notes by @academicmind
- Aesthetically pleasing notes by @areistotle
- Note taking tips by @studyclear
- This example by @sonotalive-x
- Masterlists by @study-read-study
In the end, its not the sheer number of colours you use but the ease of access that’s important.
If you have any questions about this feel free to ask here!
Hope this helps!
*the notes supplied are for demonstrational purposes only. TL;DR these notes are old as fuck, there will be errors, and are used for example purposes only