Paraphrasing the wise words of Louis Theroux for academic purposes, we’ve got an important question to ask: Want to make study notes that don’t jiggle jiggle or fold?
Continue reading because we’d love to see you colour code, for sure.
Colour coding is one of the simplest techniques available to help you get the most out of studying by organising your notes correctly, and if you didn’t know, you can use Kortext to colour code to your heart’s content.
Why should I colour code my notes and highlighting?
If your study notes aren’t structured, they’ll be difficult to remember and read back. By organising your notes by colour, you can categorise the information you’ve learnt, helping you to review your most important ideas when you need them most.
Although colour coding your notes looks pretty good, there’s some science behind it too.
A study published in 2019 found that colour has the power to improve memory. The study also revealed that colours that are warmer, such as red, orange and yellow ‘can create a learning environment that is positive and motivating that can help learners not only to have a positive perception toward the content but also to engage and interact more with the learning materials.’
Cooler colours, think greens and blues, also have memory power and should be used to indicate the knowledge and topics that you’re comfortable with, as they ‘produce comfort and relaxation that facilitate memory storage’.
How should I organise my highlighting?
- When making notes on key points, select red as the colour.
- Highlight important information in yellow.
- When you’re confident with a topic, switch the colour to green.
- Organise topics by colour.
- Don’t colour everything—just the most important information
It’s really that simple!
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