Mathematics is probably one of the least liked subjects ever. Well, maybe that's a stretch - but Maths is definitely not a favourite among students. I have talked to countless people on this particular subject and often come away with the idea that it is seldom enjoyed by the many who study it. I am on a mission to change this attitude and share the excitement that can come from studying Mathematics. One way this can be achieved is through using the correct tools to make the right notes. Simple things such as making colourful and more engaging notes can quickly make you feel more at home studying Maths.

Coloured Pens and Highlighters

It could be easy to think that Mathematical notes have to be pages of black and white confusion. I would like to present that this is far from the truth and making these notes interesting and colourful could be very beneficial to studying this difficult subject. Here are my top tips for colourful notes:

  • Using coloured pens or highlighters to make titles and sub-titles stand out is helpful for navigating around your folder more easily. 
  • Use nice colours to draw graphs in different colours so you can clearly which is which - for example: say you are drawing the graph of tanx and the graph of sinx - using blue for tanx and orange for sinx would mean you are easily able to see the difference between the two.
  • When writing something important that needs to be committed to memory - such as a formula, use a bright coloured highlighter to make it stand out.
  • You could use different colours to organise different topics, for example, everything yellow relates to circles and everything green is for trigonometry

Write off the board

Make sure you write any examples from the classroom whiteboard neatly and clearly so they are easy to refer back to. Use different colours to make the important parts stand out, such as formulas, graphs and anything that is difficult to get your head around.

Lay things out Well

Lay your notes out in a tidy manner - don't scrunch things close up together and use a new sheet of paper when required. Have everything written in a clear logical layout, especially equations and write where you went wrong if you make a mistake when solving a problem.

Draw the diagrams

Draw diagrams clearly and use different colours for different parts to make them look more interesting and easy to read.

Hopefully, you feel a lot better about tackling your Maths revision after reading this. Make sure to get in touch if you have any other questions:

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