Before I start talking about sketchnoting, I am pleased to announce that this is my 100th post here on WordPress! Hooray! What a milestone! :)
So! I first came across sketchnoting as a learning tool back in July of 2013 (and blogged about it!), but although I really liked the idea, I wasn’t sure how to go about using it for school – especially since virtually all of my required coursework consists of science classes.
However, I have noticed that rote memorization for taking exams is no longer sufficient; I need to recall learned information even after exams are taken. Not only will this be critical for the MCAT, but also for medical school and my future career as a physician. Physicians are required by law to renew their licenses (every 2 years, I believe), which requires a successful examination. How will I prepare for these exams, which are surely much more difficult and information-laden than the exams I am facing in school now, as an undergraduate?
As part of my goals for this new year, I am working on improving my study habits and skills. I am participating in workshops offered in the campus library, and I even bought a study skills workbook. I do have some skills (otherwise I would’ve switched majors a long time ago!) but I feel that I can improve upon them and learn new ones to help make learning more efficient and longer-lasting. To accomplish this goal, I will be evaluating my own habits and finding new ones to commit to – such as taking sketchnotes in my classes. There is a treasure trove of resources on the Internet for this tool and how to use it, and I intend on sifting through them to find what will help me the most.
So why should you guys try sketchnoting too? Here are five great reasons!
- To communicate your ideas better to others
- Improve listening skills
- Facilitates easier recall of important information
- Improve drawing skills
With that, I would like to point out that there is a new page listed on the menu at the top just for sketchnoting! This page will be updated as I find more resources to share with you all. I will also post my sketchnoting progress here on this blog.
Thanks for reading! :)