You might ask, “What do I do with my visual notes after I take them?” Even if you never show your visual notes to anyone else, it’s still a good idea to revisit what you captured for your own retention. Visual notes are much easier to read than traditional written or typed notes, and there are two methods you can use to find information in your notes faster. The first method is the use of icons and the second is indexing.


Consider the map. A map is host to a lot of information and uses small graphics (icons) to indicate specific things that might be of importance. Those icons are displayed together in the map key to tell you what each one means. When you take visual notes, you can do the same thing!

Icons are ...

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