I hope your fantastic this week!
It is that time again, the days are becoming shorter, the leaves are starting to change color, there is a cool chill to the night air, and all kids are have that awe man, pit in their stomach type feeling…It is back to school time!
I remember the nervous/excited anxiety of back to school like it was yesterday.
The best part of school? School supplies!! I love me some school supplies! And while there are plenty of organizers, planners and calendars out there, I noticed there are not very many templates or notebooks specifically for note taking.
For me, note taking is what helped me get through school and actually was very useful in working career. It’s super important to learn the best way for you or your child to learn. We all have our own learning styles and catering out notes to the way we learn can make a huge difference in an academic career.
So, I decided to make some fun templates you can download for free. They are all super useful, and depending on your style you may want to use them all or just one. Or use them to make your own.
They are a great way to introduce your kids or yourself to the importance of notes and learning.
The first one is based on the Cornell Note Taking system. If you would like more info on this particular system you can find the wiki Here: https://goo.gl/SiZbuX
You can download this template here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2RgcaLznBAhTThNR1MwWFJNcXc/view?usp=sharing
The second is a little more detailed. Using Keywords and phrases on one side and a significance box on the right. This is helpful when you need to know why a piece of information is important to a whole topic.
You can download this template here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2RgcaLznBAhTWtjeEFDd2xTRms/view?usp=sharing
The third is just a cute colorful version of the first one. I know, weird right? But for some kids (like I was..or am) the fact that it is colorful and cute, will make them want to use it. I know that is how my head works. It’s an artists affliction. :D
You can download this template here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2RgcaLznBAhUGdOb21aamY4NDg/view?usp=sharing
The last note taking template is for photo note taking. This one is by far my favorite and the note taking system I use the most. This one works especially great for lots of subjects but it really works well with science and art. Perfect for those who love to doodle and draw. If you have a kid with a book cover with doodles all over it this is a good one.
I am super visual, that is how my head learns. If you or your child loves to draw and is connected to art, this may be a really good way to take notes. It takes subjects that are hard to understand and makes them visual, and because you are drawing and writing it out, it helps make the info stick.
Here is an example of one way to use the Photo method and what the photo system looks like in use:
You can download this template here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2RgcaLznBAhbW9OU3Q0M3ZrMlU/view?usp=sharing
Templates are a great starting point. Sometimes just having something other than a blank page can get your brain flowing. Creating templates is fun, see what you can come up with.
I hope these help your life in some small way. I know they helped me. I would love to hear about your note taking tips.
If you need a place to keep your notes, you can make your own notebook out of recycled materials here: https://goo.gl/AOQfzu
Have a wonderful week everyone!