Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Colour Coding the Self-Notes

So I've been doing this since I got the highlighters from Kores. Not that I wasn't interested before, but the thing was I hadn't had colourful highlighters then, except the pink one.

Since the arrival of these highlighters, I've developed a special interest in studying, or you can say, a special interest in highlighting different things.

I know the handwriting is bad here, but it's not always like this (hopefully).
As I said earlier in my previous posts, I don't believe in highlighting important sentences, or words. I like highlighting the topic's name instead.

In the picture above, the Pink colour is for the main heading. For example, you're making notes on 'Explain the various methods of budgeting', so you'll write 'Methods of Budgeting', highlight it in Pink, and start writing the answer beneath it.
The Green colour here talks about the answer to the Pink headline. For example, in the above topic, different methods of budgeting are asked, so the 'Fixed Guideline' is one of the methods, and hence it is in Green. To talk about another example, for a better understanding, if the question is 'What are the steps required for scientific research?', then I would write 'Selection of Research problem' as the first step, highlight it in Green colour, and explain it beneath.
And if at all, you have certain types in the Green part of your notes, then highlight it with Yellow colour. For example, the 'Fixed Guideline' method has three other methods under it, so I'll highlight those three methods with a Yellow colour.
If you see the i), ii) and iii), I haven't highlighted them. The simple reason is that those points do not have explanation. I only highlight those points that have explanation. I hope I made this sentence very clear, if not, ask me in the comments below.

In the 5 ways of using Index Cards, I'd mentioned how we can use them to write the Extra Points.
So if you've followed that, and ended up having the same issue as mine, don't worry, I've resolved it.

In the above photo, the points 'Waves', 'Straight Line', and 'Photons' were lacking space, and I wanted to add few more sentences to them, so I used the index cards.
Now the problem was, how to know which points do these added sentences belong to? So I wrote the points in capital letters, and overwritten them with a florescent yellow sketch pen.
Florescent yellow sketch pen is hardly used by anyone, so I thought I would put it in use, instead of using some other sketch pen.
The notes instantly look appealing, and you feel like studying (ha ha!)

You can use a different coloured pen to write your own points in a diagram. For example, in the diagram of a DSLR, there are 4 dotted lines, 6 names, 14 crescent shaped lenses, 3 cone/diamond shapes, and 5 screens.
So when it was asked in the exam, all I did was checked whether all these important points were drawn in the diagram. This way I knew I hadn't missed out on anything important.

Okay, so the Yellow scribble is a STAR, and this is how it happens when you draw a star using a highlighter!

And, and finally the Orange coloured highlighter - All the subtopics in the notes are highlighted by orange. For example, if the question is 'What is ASCI?', and you have to write the functions, merits, demerits, objectives, etc., you can use an Orange highlighter here.
So in this, highlight all the suptopics like 'Functions' in orange colour, and you'll know that your answer has all these subtopics.

Not really a colour code, but I coloured a diagram in my break time with crayons!

I hope you coded the colour system like a master!