The process of note-taking allows not only storing essential data but also organizing acquired information and memorizing it faster. In addition to the traditional note-taking approach that fixates on the arrangement of textual data, the sketchnoting approach can be suggested to improve memorization. In his video “Improving Cornell Notes with Sketchnoting Techniques,” Doug Neill demonstrates how the traditional framework can be visually improved.
The traditional approach to taking notes relies primarily on the rational use of the available space. Namely, Neill details that the paper must be split into two key sections, the right one being used for in-the-moment notes and the left one for key ideas, whereas the bottom part should be reserved for the summary (Neill). In turn, the sketchnoting approach allows building upon the established framework, adding key visuals to the notes and introducing a topical sketch at the top.
The application of sketchnoting to the note-taking process is undeniably useful. Specifically, the introduction of sketches and diagrams into the note-taking process helps review the key information later ad incorporates a visual shorthand that will guide the learner’s understanding of the subject matter while also maintaining a logical arrangement of data. The incorporation of visuals allows maintaining the process flexible and creating custom icons for rendering essential ideas. As an educator, one can teach students to use specific icons for note-taking so that they can visualize essential information. Finally, at the bottom, diagrams and mind maps should be located to remember the key concepts better. The opportunity to use color makes sketchnoting an especially helpful strategy (Neill). By sketchnoting a chapter from “How to live nowhere” by Boles as an example, Neill demonstrates the utility of sketchnoting as a note-taking tool.
Neill, Doug. “Improving Cornell Notes with Sketchnoting Techniques.” YouTube, uploaded by Verbal to Visual, Web.