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Best Note Taking: Sketchnote On The iPad

Lecture. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Enough with the cramming and the hand-cramping, it’s time to upgrade your note taking with skectchnoting. And if that isn’t futuristic enough for you, try it out on you iPad.

What is sketchnoting?

Sketchnoting is visual note taking. It is becoming more and more popular as a way to capture, understand, and retain content. With sketchnoting you are taking an idea and asking yourself how you can represent that idea visually. The sketcher turns the speaker’s words into symbols, objects, arrows, dividers, bubbles, boxes, colors, and typography.

Why sketchnote?

Your drawings become visual mnemonics. Those who turn their words into drawings, making use of visual thinking, improve recall my 29 percent. Sketchnoting forces you to pay attention. And by making connections between concepts and making the material meaningful to you, you increase your retention of that content. Sketchnoting allows you to ditch the age-old linear note taking and layout your information in a format that flows logically and easily for you.

Another great reason for skechnoting: sketchnotes are more creative and visually appealing than standard note taking. By the end of the lecture you will have a work of art and an interesting study guide for later review!

Upgrading the upgrade: Sketchnoting on the iPad.

If you aren’t fond of dealing with papers, the iPad makes an excellent sketch notebook. You will need a sketch app for iPad.

Apps I recommend for sketchnoting: GoodNotes and Sketchbook Pro.

With Sketchbook Pro you might want to get an iPad stylus (using your fingers may produce undesirable results!).

GoodNotes has some nice features that assist in sketchnoting. What I like about this app is that you can move information/text/illustrations around as you please (no wasting time erasing!). You can also choose what kind of paper you want to use depending on your needs (lined, graphed, plain, or music).

Remember: To get the most out of sketchnoting you’ve got to make your drawings meaningful. If you give your drawings some spunk and personality, the more useful your sketchnotes will be for you.

Happy sketching!


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