Colors and symbols in notes

Hello everyone! We came to the second part of this series! How awesome is that? I’d say it’s pretty amazing, because I usually get bored of stuff before I get to the second part… (Ahem, ignore I said that.)

Today is all about how to use colors and symbols in a way that most benefit you. Of course I can only give an example and you’ll have to figure out what works best for you.

No matter what kind of notes you’re using (I talked about 3 types of notes in my previous post), color is important. Because it helps you to remember things, also it makes your professor believe that your notes are splendid, even if your handwriting is awful.

Of course you shouldn’t make your notes look like a rainbow (unless you really like it that way) cause that can cause people a headache. And in most cases it will be you who’ll get a headache when you’ll realize that all the colors just makes it hard for you to study.

Now since I usually use mind maps and post it notes, it became natural to sort things out with colors. I usually write my notes with color markers for all the “indicators”, titles and subtitles and a black pen for you know… The actual notes. It’s the combination that works best for me.

If you’re not using them yet. USE THEM. Or just use color pens.. I don’t know. I peffer markers..


I figured that the best way to use colors is to use the same color for the topics that are directly connected and use a similar share of the color to link to those that are mildly connected to the previous topic, while using a completely different colors when the topics are not at all connected.

So basically, use colors to indicate the “level” of similarity among topics in your study notes.

That usage of colors usually needs a helper when indicating what in the certain topic is actually important. For that I use various symbols, such as you can see on the picture below.

Here’s the list of my most used symbols. This is by far not all of them.

Of course I’m not saying that you have to use my symbols (just make your own if you fancy) or don’t use them at all. This is just what works the best for me and you know, it might come in handy for you too someday.

So yeah, I’ll leave you with that. I know this is a ridiculously short post, but sometimes dragging it out just makes it useless.


Anyway, do you have any tips on writing notes?

How do you use colors and symbols in your notes?

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