Using Doodles and Sketchnotes for Study and Test Prep

  Memorization can be frustrating but is sometimes necessary. As much as I want my education to be a process of digesting and integrating new learning, sometimes it’s essential to simply memorize a list of facts, dates, or names. In this post, I’ll be showing you how I use multiple memorization techniques based on intersecting…

vintage hand lettering instructions

Vintage Hand Letting Tutorial

I found this vintage speedball hand lettering instructional tutorial tucked into a weathered cardboard fountain pen case in a flea market in Missouri. I’m a sucker for vintage things, hand lettering, and pens, so I knew I had to buy it- as much for the tattered old piece of paper as for the actual pens…

Studying neurobiology taught me just how important it is to have a print copy of readings that can be interacted with in a tactile way.

The Non-Cheat Cheat for Using Google Books to Find Quotes for Academic Papers

For me, one of the best/worst parts of being 6 semesters into my master’s degree studies is that I’m developing a vocabulary and working (but not photographic) memory of the content I’ve studied. In other words, I can speak at length at length about how research has established a link between early childhood psychological trauma…

50 pages of chapter outlines in bullet journal / doodle notes format

Study Smart – A Visual Approach to Chapter Outlines for Studying

Recently the Washington Post published results of a study that surprised most students and instructors: many of the most popular study and review methods have low effectiveness in actually helping us remember and understand the material we are studying. Some of the study techniques disavowed as helpful included summarization, highlighting, the keyword mnemonic, imagery use…

3 Practical Tips I Wish I’d Heard When I Started Grad School

Starting graduate school can be a huge transition- especially if you’ve been out of school for awhile. When I headed back to the classroom I read lots of tips and advice on navigating the graduate school world as a student back in school after a break, but here are three really useful things I learned…

Learn More in the Classroom with Doodle Notes

Last summer an adjunct professor was brought in to teach Research Methods to my cohort of Counseling graduate students. On the first day she asked everyone to pull out their laptops and navigate to a particular website and was shocked when she was met, largely, with shrugs and apologies. Why was this instructor’s very typical…

learning to doodle note takes time, effort, and a willingness to fail

Learn to Bullet Journal & Doodle Note in School

I like to say I’m paying $16k a year to learn to take really cool notes and a masters degree comes free with purchase. Every artist needs a medium, and every writer needs ideas to pen. Going back to school as an adult has provided me both, plus the bonus opportunity (requirement) to sit and…

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