I mentioned Notion in my first post on this blog (click here to see that post), and have had a couple of people ask how to use Notion for note-taking. In case you aren’t aware, Notion is a website and app where you can create your own page for note taking, reminders, calendars and databases. While I admit there are people that definitely use Notion in a more useful and productive way than I do, I’m very happy with the way I currently use it. Notion is something I use specifically for unviersity, however, I know it’s a helpful source to keep track of finances, daily tasks, and goals.
To show how I use it, I’m going to include screenshots of the template I used last year, as the one I have prepared for this year is currently fairly empty.
**NOTE: I DID NOT CREATE THIS TEMPLATE, SO PLEASE DO NOT CREDIT ME. YOU CAN FIND TEMPLATES ONLINE IF YOU CANNOT CREATE YOUR OWN.**
I’ve mostly used Notion as a way to stay organised, as I learnt from the year I spent from doing nursing that writing out my notes was terrible for me personally. I’ve got awful handwriting, and so it was impossible for me to revise as even I could not understand what I had written! Obviously the way you note important information is personal preference, but make sure you find a way that works for you.
I enjoy using Notion mostly because of how I can access everything I want related to university all on one page. For example, you’ll see in the first screenshot I’ve included that there is a ‘Quick Links’ section on my Notion page. It’s made it much easier for me to navigate all the websites. I’ve got a link on there which lists a bunch of academic journals I can reference for my assignments, which I have really liked using.
If there’s one fact about me that is worth noting, it is that I am very much a visual learner, and Notion has certainly helped with that! After some of my lectures last year, I included pictures and diagrams relating to the topics that the lecturer had discussed. There were also a couple of instances where I was struggling to understand certain concepts, and so I searched for some YouTube videos and included links to them within my notes whenever I needed to refresh my knowledge throughout the year.
Overall, I really recommend trying out Notion if you haven’t before! While it may not be for everyone, there are definitely people that would benefit from using it. For example, if you are like me and wanting to become more organised, Notion would be perfect. The only negative I can think regarding the app/website is that it can take a while to learn how it works, and so therefore you may take some time to grasp how to use it effectively.