As you’ve learned, when taking lecture-based sketchnotes, you must be quick to capture all the main ideas. Often, being fast means there may be gaps in your notes, missing drawings, unfinished words or thoughts, and little to no color or shading. What you need to do next is refine.

Refining is about improving your visual notes to be the best they can be, especially if you’re in a professional setting or being paid to create them. Refining your visual notes isn’t about “making them pretty,” but making sure the information is clear. Everything you refine should help the information stand out and be more memorable.

If you’re capturing multiple sessions at an event, use breaks to catch up on refining or refine your notes once you get home. ...

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