Last Updated on May 14, 2021
You’ve probably seen them on Instagram, Pinterest, or Tumblr: those cute notes with legible handwriting and tons of colors on the page. Perhaps you have classmates who do these on their notebooks as well. Aesthetic notes have been around for a while, but they’re currently enjoying more spotlight with most people stuck at home.
If you’ve always wanted your science or math notebooks to look Instagram-worthy, then you’re going to need a few pens and highlighters.
Why make aesthetic notes?
Why bother making notes appear cute or colorful?
For one, students learn differently. There are those who learn by doing, while others are more visual. For most kids and teens, notes are their lifeline. It helps them process information faster, as well as make sense out of difficult subject matters.
Second, aesthetic notes can help you study more efficiently because everything looks clean and well-organized. Many of these include helpful elements, too, such as graphs, bullet points, and diagrams. These make notes fun to read and review.
Lastly, cute notes can also benefit the whole class. For those taking digital lessons, why not scan and upload them to help your classmates with tricky topics? Set it up so they can add their own input and thoughts; thereby producing unique notes everyone will enjoy.
Basic tips for aesthetic note-taking
One of the best things about note-taking is that it doesn’t require a lot to get started. If you’ve ignored your notes up to this point, you can always get a fresh start with a new notebook.
First things first: gather essential materials like leaf papers, binders, pens, and highlighters. Don’t worry if you only have a couple of colored pens and no high-quality paper. Make do with what you have for now. Buy what you want later once you get the hang of it.
Next, practice your handwriting. This is perhaps the most important component to aesthetic note-taking. If you hate looking at your handwriting or you envy someone else’s, train your hands so they create beautiful, legible scribbles you – and those around you – can understand.
Another benefit is that your teachers don’t need to suffer while grading your essays. It’s a win-win situation, so try not to skip this process. Soon enough, you’ll find that you’re able to balance consistency and speed. Be patient and practice everyday.
Don’t forget to think about the overall style you want your notes to look like. Search the Web for inspiration. Aside from markers and highlighters, some students add stickers, notepads, and doodles. There’s NO hard and fast rule. Figure out the style that suits your studying habits as well as your personality.
Aesthetic notes to motivate you
Don’t beat yourself up if you draw wonky lines or your headers are uneven. The important things are that a) your notes are correct, and b) you’re having fun! Despite people posting their notebooks online, keep in mind that notes are still personal – unless you want to share them.
Tiny imperfections are what make these aesthetic notes charming and delightful. So add your own twists. Let this collection of aesthetic notes inspire you to turn studying into an artform.