Book idea: Accelerate Your Learning With Sketchnotes


For: Entrepreneurial visual thinkers who would like to learn more effectively
Outcome: people have taken their first few sketchnotes and are ready to use it for learning
Possible collaborator: Timothy Kenny

Book idea #1: Accelerate Your Learning With Sketchnotes

Book idea #2: Learning With Sketchnotes

Audience: Teachers, homeschoolers/unschoolers/parents who want to
teach more engagingly and help their students develop notetaking
Outcome: Ready to practise on their own, and possibly teaching others
how to sketchnote in their classes

  • Why sketchnote?
  • Examples
  • Common challenges
  • Getting started
  • Sketchnote basics
    • Annotating printed text
    • Starting with hand-written notes
    • Adding emphasis
    • Starting with stick figures
    • Drawing symbols
    • Drawing abstract concepts
    • Organizing the page
  • Sketching your preparatory notes
  • Sketching your lesson
  • Sketching worksheets
  • Teaching others how to sketchnote
    • A one-page guide
  • Drawing practice
    • (as above)
    • Symbols
      • Science
      • Technology
      • Math
      • History
      • Art
      • Language
      • Music
INTERESTED? WANT TO LEARN MORE? Comment below or e-mail me and let’s talk about what you’re curious about. That will really help me turn this book idea into reality! =)
  • Dennis Jarrel

    This totally interests me! I’m a middle school teacher working primarily with remedial readers and am looking to use sketchnoting to help my students. I would totally buy in to this book!

    • Oooh… That’s a great idea. What would a school-focused guide to sketchnoting look like for you? I’ve updated this page with an outline so that we have a starting point. If you tell me which sections look particularly interesting — or ask me questions about stuff that’s not on the outline yet! — I’ll happily draw or write explanations for you, which will also be useful for other people. Looking forward to hearing from you!

      • Dennis Jarrel

        While I wouldn’t call myself a sketchnoter, I do what I’ve been calling “visual lesson plans” on my Smartboard at school. One concept I would have a hard time explaining to my students would be deciding on what to write out and what to communicate with a graphic/symbol. Most of the graphics I use on my notes have a particular symbolism for me that might not be generally transferable to my students. I think I would struggle with showing them which symbols to use for what and how to link those symbols to the ideas they are trying to convey. Does that make any sense?

      • Dennis Jarrel

        The one page guide to teaching others to sketchnote would be awesome!

  • Wow, this is so amazing. I recently am interested of doing sketches but then I’ve got no natural talent on it but I do believe I could develop it.. I’m so glad I have stumbled in here and I was really captivated by the drawibg designs here in this webpage. I do really want to do and make some sketches so I could just draw any Ideas I’ve got. Making this Book a reality is a blessing!!

  • Yes, please!

    • Added links to things I’ve already put together… =)

  • I would love to see such a book! I bought your Sketchnotes 2012 book and today I printed it in black and white (colour not available!) so I can browse, be inspired, copy, trace, colour in etc.

    At the beginning of your first book outline you could include examples of different types of sketchnotes. You could also talk about the use of pens, pencils, colour, gel pens, etc. Analog or digital is a good topic, especially turning analog to digital – iPhone photo (Mike Rohde’s suggestion), scanning.

    I can see a lot of crossover with books on cartooning – something else I have explored but didn’t pursue much.

    My biggest challenge is drawing people, emotions, thoughts and feeling. Those German (??) books you bought on emotion looked interesting and useful, albeit rather expensive!


    • How are you doing with drawing people? =) Sometimes I search Google Images for stick figures, stock photos, and other things to use for inspiration.

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  • Heather Ordover

    I love this idea. I have two boys at home who are both ADD-distractible. The life inside their mind is always more interesting than anything around them. That said, they’re book good cartooning-type artists. It seems to me that this is the right kind of note-taking for them (maybe the only way to get them to take notes, at all), but teaching them HOW to do this is tricky.

    I should mention, I’m a former HS English and university-level writing instructor, so I know how to teach, in general, but teaching this could be done many different ways. I no longer have a classroom so I no longer have a way to test ideas out effectively.

    Thank you so much for your site!

    • You can always test ideas, even outside a classroom. =) I find that I learn a lot about teaching by helping people online and in person. Good luck!

  • Cashima

    Actually i have the problem that i can’t sketch content in class. Please give some advise how to sketch content my teacher is talking about!!

    • What classes are you taking? You might find it difficult to think of how to draw abstract concepts right when you’re learning something, but you can leave yourself space and then draw some more when you’re reviewing. Also, you don’t have to draw icons for everything. You can start by drawing boxes and arrows to highlight and connect important topics, and then you can doodle other images as you think of them.

  • Anna

    I’m a law student and always looking for ways to make my boring notes a little more interesting. This might be it!

    • Could be. Have you tried doodling in your notes or using different colours? =)