Hi guys! First blog post, how exciting! Today I'll be showing you a really easy way to take pretty notes. This is perfect for if you want neat, useful, and aesthetically pleasing notes that are easy to take during class.

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1. PAPER/SET UP

Unless I have to, I don't like using lined paper, and I definitely don't like using plain paper. Squared paper helps you keep everything super neat and you have both vertical lines as well as horizontal ones, so drawing charts/diagrams becomes a lot easier.

I like to use a pencil to divide the page into two columns. When I'm done I erase the pencil line and end up with two super neat columns.

I also decide on a color scheme. I like to keep it simple so I don't overthink this since it's really not important so I usually go with something like dark blue and light blue, dark green and light green, or purple and black. The color scheme is used for the title and subheadings, and I use a black muji pen for notes.

2. THE TITLE

I have two ways of writing the title. The first, my personal favorite, is to write the subject name in cursive, then the topic and unit number in block letters. I then put the date below it.

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The second is to draw out a banner and write the title in it.

3. SUBHEADINGS

There are a lot of ways to do subheadings such as this: But personally most I've seen take too long and I find them to be a waste of time. What I do is write out the title normally, then put a line through the bottom of it in my main color. (This isn't an underline, it goes through the text, not below it).

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4. THE CONTENT

I try to write my notes in "bullet points", but without the actual bullets. They look like mini-paragraphs so they fit with the aesthetic, but the information is clearly summarised. Let me know if you want a blog post about how to summarise information!

I try to incorporate things like graphs, diagrams, and lists. They help make things easy to understand. These are best to do in one or two colors, to keep it minimalist and easy to read. Labels are really good!

I write definitions on their own line in the format: term - definition (e.g example here). Sometimes I leave out the example if I don't think it's necessary.

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5. FINISHING OFF

I finish off my notes by erasing the pencil line. Viola - they look amazing!

Sometimes you'll notice you left out some information. Rather than leave it out or make a new sheet, I write it on a sticky note and then cut it up and stick it on. They usually stay in place, but you can cut them up if you need to.

There you have it, a super easy way to take notes that are useful and pretty. Obviously, this isn't the only way to do it, so make sure to do some googling and trial and error to find what works for you!

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