Visual Note Taking: Italian 101


I found the process of visual note taking to be surprisingly stimulating, though very time-consuming. I initially enjoyed the process because it was different and less monotonous than conventional note taking, which often entails mindless parroting of text. Eventually, however, the process became tedious because I tend to be a perfectionist with drawing and coloring (even though my drawings are far from perfect), which caused me to fall behind in the note taking process. Nonetheless, I discovered that when I drew and processed concepts visually, I remembered them better. I learned about memory consolidation in one of my Psychology courses, which discussed how memory can be enhanced by multi-sensory interaction with a stimulus. And the process of incorporating visuals into my Italian notes certainly proved the accuracy of that theory!


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