- Preparation is key: Take time before you start making your notes. There are some key steps to follow.
- Draw a frame around the page (slide your finger along the edge of the paper to help produce a straight line – who knew?!)
- Take the time to write a large title at the top or in the centre of the page
- Write the date and location at the bottom of the page (great way to remember the context you wrote your notes in).
- How to write legibly: This one is already a biggie in the ASE. WRITE IN BLOCK CAPITALS. I found it most uncomfortable to begin with but it genuinely is easier to read!
- Create a hierarchy with your words: If you’re writing a key theme or point, write it in big. The details that surround it can be written in smaller text. It’s a good way of prioritising what’s on the page.
- Stars make great people: And they’re easy to draw!
Make use of scale and colour: These can be great ways of highlighting key points, or sometimes simply adding some variety to a page.
And finally, practice makes perfect! Patience is a virtue, and my notebooks aren’t going to transform over night, but I’m already starting to see progress.