What Is Sketchnoting? - Doug Neill, Verbal To Visual, visual note-taking, sketchnoting in the classroom

What is Sketchnoting?

Are you curious about what sketchnoting is and how you might use it?

Here’s an overview for you, pulled from a new resource kit I’m building called Sketchnoting In The Classroom.

Sketchnoting Defined

Sketchnoting is a form of note-taking, hence the “noting” part of it, but as you might guess it involves bringing more visuals into the process compared to typical note-taking, hence the “sketch” part.

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The whole idea behind adding sketches to your notes is that it taps into parts of your brain that would lie dormant if you only use words to explore ideas. It’s the combination of the two that’s most powerful – using both words and visuals while taking notes.

That’s what will fully light up your brain.

Customize Your Note-Taking Process

What’s nice about sketchnoting is that it’s not a strict format.

It doesn’t say you have to take notes this way.

Instead, it presents you with a variety of tools for you to choose from and create your own customized note-taking process, one that works well with your learning style and your personality.

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So for the doodlers out there, your notes might be heavy on the sketches. For those who prefer working with words, you might stick mostly to that, but maybe bring in some diagrams here and there to help you organize those words.

And there’s plenty of room for everyone in between those two ends of the spectrum.

Most of what we’ll be doing within Sketchnoting In The Classrom is introducing you to a variety note-taking tools, and letting you experiment as you combine them in different ways to help you take better notes in class, study better outside of class, plan projects more effectively, and ultimately become better at working with and presenting ideas.

A Three-Part Resource Kit

I’ve broken down Sketchnoting In The Classroom into three parts:

Part 1: Sketchnoting Skills - Doug Neill, Verbal To Visual, visual note-taking, sketchnoting in the classroom

Part 1 will focus on individual sketchnoting skills. These will be the tools that make up your note-taking toolkit. You’ll learn how to use handwritten fonts, arrows, stick figures, icons, colors, and many other things that will make your notes more dynamic and more useful.

Part 2: Sketchnoting Processes - Doug Neill, Verbal To Visual, visual note-taking, sketchnoting in the classroom

Part 2 will focus of specific sketchnoting processes. Here we’ll start to look at how you can combine the individual tools from Part 1 into a cohesive note-taking process. We’ll explore things like flowcharts and mind maps and other ways to get ideas out of your head and onto the page.

Part 3: Subject-Specific Sketchnoting - Doug Neill, Verbal To Visual, visual note-taking, sketchnoting in the classroom

Part 3 will explore how to apply your growing sketchnoting skills to specific subject areas, so that you know what tools and processes work best in science class, compared to language arts class, compared to math class, and many others.

My hope is that the core note-taking skills that you can learn from this resource kit are skills that you’ll carry with you so that no matter what challenges you face in the future, be it in another school environment, or at a particular job, or even with your own personal projects, you’ll have this creative sketchnoting toolkit to pull from to help you tackle those challenges.

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Like what you’ve seen here?

Check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom to learn more about this resource kit!

Cheers,

-Doug

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Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

If you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.

And if you want to create new personal and professional opportunities by sharing the authentic journey of your skill development online, check out Learn In Public.