This is going to be a “Please give me some work to do” postcard. Hope It’s gonna work. ;-)
Cristina Yang is one of my inspirations. When I get lazy, when I procrastinate, I watch TV series. One of my favourite one has always been Grey’s Anatomy. Why? I love the cheesy pearls of wisdom. I love the way relationships seem so true - never perfect, never completely satisfying, but complex and deep. I love the drama. I love feeling teary when a patient gets better, or when a patient doesn’t get better.
But most of all, I love Christina Yang. I love her fierceness when it comes to work, I love her discipline, I love her dry sense of humour. I love how she sucks it up when everything falls apart. I love how she keeps going, no matter what. I love how she takes no shit from anyone. I love how she loves her work and dedicates every minute to become a better doctor. I love how she gets enthusiastic about a heart surgery.
I am a trainee teacher. When I walk into my classroom and things get difficult, sometimes I wonder: what would she do? And then I know: she would take a deep breath and deal with every single issue, one after the other. She would get the work done. And then she would go home, pour herself a glass of wine and get some sleep. And start again.
Who’s your inspiration?
The purpose of notes is to provide a concise and an organized flow of your thoughts. When done right, it’ll help you review important information a whole lot better. It’s easier to remember a flow or a pattern than a bunch of random disjointed pieces of information, so the way your notes are organized can help you remember for exams. :D
I used to take extremely neat and pretty notes. It was almost an obsessive-compulsive thing. Pretty things sort of made me want to study more (but I ended up not studying as much anyway because I just felt so accomplished after spending a good long while making pretty notes, I felt like I didn’t have to reread it as much). With no false sense of modesty, I have a pretty neat handwriting if I wrote with purpose (i.e. slowly). My mistake was spending too much time making my textbook outlines look pretty with neat penmanship and colorful formulas when I should’ve been organizing them for better recalling of information. That is a mistake that I would like to share with you, as I think you might learn something from it.
Now, I still write quickly but legibly. It took a while, but I found it less stressful when I stopped being too anal about the appearance of my notes. I found highlighting much easier than swapping between different colored pens. I sketch simplified diagrams when necessary, and I do my best to group similar information together.
I’m not saying that pretty and colorful notes are bad. In fact, if it helps you remember information better, go ahead and do it—but try not to spend too much time on making it pretty, and make sure it’s sustainable. Remember that you have plenty of other courses to study for, not just this one class you’re making notes for right now (and trust me, it gets pretty unmotivating and tiring after a while). Try not to over-decorate! Do not forget the purpose of note-taking! Your time is important, and taking notes is supposed to help you cut down study time in the long run (not add to it!).
I hope this helps some of you! :)
One of my teachers used to say that: she didn’t care for “pretty exercice books” but she wanted “organised exercice books”.