How can we make information easier to learn? Many people whose professions require them to learn and share complex knowledge ask themselves this question. The creative technique of sketchnoting makes it easier to retain nuggets of information – and sharing information is one of the things we at the bikablo akademie love to do best.
You know how it goes: after a long strategy meeting or an in-depth technical lecture, your head is spinning. Not much of the lengthy PowerPoint presentation has stuck in your brain – except that there were a lot of bullet points. And when you glance through your notes later, you realize you didn’t really jot down much of the information.
Before, I used to always catch myself in meetings or lectures doodling little people and patterns into the corners of my notebook. Today, I still love to do this, but I do so strategically: the sketchnoting technique helps me to understand information, to remember it, and to be able to share it with others – and it’s a lot of fun!
How Does Sketchnoting Work?
With sketchnoting, you record information by using text, graphics, and images. Ideally, this lets you create “knowledge maps” that help you to make what you’ve heard more concrete for yourself. The advantage: it’s not only easier to find the information again, but it is a lot more fun to look at it in these drawings. And, even much later, you can use them to help you remember what you’ve learned. The reason this works is because your visual notes help link what you’ve already learned in a real-time setting to your brain’s neural network. This also works if you want to learn information through reference books or video tutorials.
Also see the blogpost Learning Sketchnoting with bikablo, Part 2: 5 Easy Steps to Creating Your First Sketchnote