In preparation (or continuation)of a brand new school year, I thought it would be fun to discus doodling. Believe it or not, doodling actually has been known to help people retain information from long lectures better than those without the doodle urge. According to this Time article, doodlers were able to remember 29% more information from a speech then non-doodlers in a study on the topic. So a higher GPA this year? Well, it’s potentially a few doodles away.
So what should you doodle? Here’s a list of some things you can start drawing today:
Doodling your name is second nature to most students. Practice your signature. Practice your print. Try writing in bubble letters. I’ve developed 3-4 different ways to write a cursive “j” just from doodling. Not that I needed 4, but it’s still an accomplishment
Hearts and Stars
Chances are you learned how to draw hearts and stars in grade school, so they are super easy to incorporate into the margins of your notebooks. If you get bored with the normal shapes, try filling them in with fun patterns. Try making them lined, plaid, tiger striped, or even argyle!
I developed a doodle which I call “pixie dust” in high school. It’s super simple and after only a few seconds your paper can look like a fairy just flew past. First begin with little circles, like little bubbles spaced out randomly. Add some little “x’s” about the same size as your circles spaced out just as randomly. Now just dot with your pen our pencil all around your shapes. Add a few squiggly lines to show movement, and you’re finished. Unless of course your professor is still talking. In which case you can start adding colors too!
Flowers, lips, ribbons, rainbows, suns, ice cream cones, wine glasses, block letters. And those are just the things I thought of in about a minute. Surely you have a signature something that you like to doodle. Maybe you love drawing puppies or volcanoes. Or an outfit you’re dreaming of. As long as it keeps you awake in class, but doesn’t distract you from your note-taking, it’s a successful doodle.
What Do You Think?
Do you doodle? What things do you draw? Leave us a comment and let us know!