All reading, videos and audio materials I give you will be accompanied by a request for a sketchnote, unless otherwise stated.
Why sketchnote? This is from a former student
There is SO MUCH out there on sketchnoting, trust me – you can learn to do it. There are a few reasons why I ask for sketchnotes:
- You get much higher retention and comprehension if you sketchnote.
- The practice drawing ideas will serve you well in your career.
If you haven’t done sketchnotes before, do the exercises in The Sketchnote Handbook.
Some hints working with sketchnotes:
- Only draw key ideas. If you are reading a chapter and try to draw every single sentence, the sketchnote will be 20 pages, and it will take you hours.
- Photograph or scan your sketchnotes. Make sure you have plenty of light, and that they are focused and oriented correctly. If there are multiple pages, make a PDF.
- Don’t fret too much over layout. They don’t have to be gorgeous, I just need to be able to look at them and see you understood the material. That said, drawings that artfully communicate deep understanding/engagement with the material tend to earn higher grades.
- If you must, you can do sketchnotes without drawing. I do expect variations in hierarchy, use of interesting dividers, bullets, etc. See
How To Sketchnote Without Drawing
- Start here: Sketchnote Handbook: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591845882?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=1591845882&linkCode=shr&tag=eleganthack&linkId=6E3MN7J672TJYJIF (Links to an external site.)
- Vincent Nicardo’s advanced tips https://youtu.be/qyla42M8NnU (He’s a former student!)
- Dave Gray Visual Thinking School
http://www.davegrayinfo.com/visual-thinking-school/ (Links to an external site.) (this page is a good use for a lazy Sunday)
- A TEDx talk on the power of visual notetaking
Drawing in class: Rachel Smith at TEDxUFM (Links to an external site.)
- Sketchnote Podcast Super useful, short videos
- Draw along with Eva Lotta Lam