Hey guys! Well, it's that time of year again - back to school. Today I thought I'd show you guys different ways I study using colour. While studying for my HSC exams last year, I found that two major things were basically beneficial for memorising my work - handwriting out my notes, and colour-coding. Having certain colours for certain things has helped immensely with my information recall, productivity and overall confidence with remembering work. Here are three ways I use colour to study effectively...
Obviously I have to start with highlighting - I couldn't live without it. Highlighters are awesome to use when reading notes aloud as a class, so you can mark any important information to come back and read later at exam time. They're also great for diving up information if you develop your own colour code. For nearly all my subjects I've developed colour codes for my notes, which has helped immensely with my memory and attention in class + at home. Below are two examples of colour codes I use for my notes:
I honestly think I went through about 5 or 6 packets of highlighters last year - they're SO incredibly useful, easy and an absolute necessity for any pencil case. I use my colour coding system for pretty much anything; the textbook, my own written notes, handouts, assignment sheets and the syllabus. Here's a look inside my Legal Studies summary book - you can see the main points in yellow, examples in pink, legislation in orange and cases in green:
TWO: sticky notes
Again, sticky notes are a great way to study, organise your notes and keep track of homework in a colourful and creative way. Similar to the above, I love selecting a certain colour for each of my subjects themselves. That way, I can write my homework deadlines on sticky notes of that colour, stick them on my wall, and have all my homework reminders right where I can see them (I sometimes tend to loose track of everything if I write deadlines solely in a notebook). Here's a few examples:
I also use sticky notes as page markers a lot time - it helps me keep up with homework whilst studying efficiently. I find skinny, rectangular sticky notes work best for this, as you can then stick them onto individual paragraphs. Below is my colour-coding system for page marking:
THREE: mind maps for essay writing
I can't take any credit for this last idea, as my Ancient History teacher taught me this method at the end of last year (thanks Mrs Hindmarsh!) It was originally just for writing Ancient History essays, but I adapted it a little bit so it (hopefully) works for everyone. It's such an awesome way to plan an essay, while keeping track of all the information and structuring it correctly. I know how hard and frustrating essays can be at times, and how confusing it is as to knowing what information to include, but I really think this method will help make it a little bit easier. It's also a great way to create chapter summaries! Anyways, below is the colour key followed by an example mind map (which is then used to write the essay - you can write the essay with the colour key as well if it makes it easier for you).
(in case you can't read my writing, the general point is in black, the supporting info/examples in blue, the quotes/source/etc. in red and the link back to the question in green)
There you have it! I hope you guys have found this post helpful. It's always hard getting back into the swing of things at the beginning of the year, but hopefully these tips will give you a little bit of study inspiration. Let me know your favourite study tips below! xx