How is this sketch-noting technique different to the traditional note taking?

Sketch-noting is a very different yet a familiar field when it comes down to my note-taking habits. I am a type of person who likes to communicate through visual cues to begin with, so at first, I actually didn’t think that it would be that hard to sketch-note a TED talk. How wrong was I! Through this activity, I came to realise how much I require the aid of words in note-taking and not enough visual cues.

It was very weird for me at first. For me, in order to sketch, you need to see what you need to sketch. In traditional note taking, I often listen through the lecturer/talkers’ points, and write them down in dot point format, and if I get to see a diagram or an illustration that I deem important, I quickly sketch that through into my notes. In this instant, it was sketching the points that were being made in the presentation, as well as the visual cues given to you to further support the context. In the beginning it was hard to sketch and watch at the same time.sketchnoting

How does this visual approach facilitate communication of your ideas? Conversely, how does it prevent it? Personal challenges as a sketch-noter.

Later on through the exercise, however, I in a sense developed my own technique in sketch-noting. Instead of wasting time, watching the content, I just listened, and started taking notes of the words spoken to me onto my piece of paper. I realise that, if I was to do this activity again, I would navigate myself better on my field to sketch. But because I started off at a wrong-hand, I struggled orienting the information I needed to sketch.

This newly developed technique also allowed me to obtain the information in a better sense. I would just listen to the spoken words, and try to sketch them onto my paper, and I had to obtain the right information to sketch. Because I was seeking for the right information, the information that I mentally decided that needed to “sink in” I was understanding the content better, and wasting no extra effort in trying to note down the unnecessary information.

As I said before, my new technique of just listening to content, allowed me to take down the spoken information more fluently. However it also gave me a disadvantage. Since the given informative context to us was a TED Talk, I couldn’t get to see any visual cues that were presented in the presentation to further support the spoken information. Normally in traditional note taking, I would copy down the spoken words in word format, and sketch the visual elements in my notes. In this instance, I would have to seek vocal cues such as “As you see in this presentation…” to look up to see what the visual cue in the presentation is. And in general context, that is not the best method as the presenter might not always use such cues to talk about the visual element on his/her presentation.

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