What do your handwritten notes look like? Are there squiggles, stars, or other non-text doodles in the margins? Why not make them fun AND useful?
Instead of random doodling, draw a quick picture of something that would remind you of the main points in your notes? Sure, it’s easy if you need to label parts of a cell, but be creative. Is there a quick picture you could draw next to the main points you need to remember.
How many times have you “looked” inside your brain and seen the page where information appears, and you know exactly where on that page the information you need is written? Adding a small picture will make it more easily spotted in your brain.
Even a star, an underline, or a colored highlighter will help, but if you can add a picture with meaning, your brain will make a stronger association and will be more likely to recall the information when you are under the stress of a test.
Try it! You know you are doodling anyway.
Student Success Strategy #67: Make doodling a study strategy to remember important material more easily.