If you’re struggling to understand a science concept, sitting in front of your open textbook with a highlighter might not be the best approach! Writing things down and visualising ideas is far more effective and inspiring. To help you get the picture, we've teamed up with the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research to bring you some fun and unique study tool ideas.
A foldable is a creative, three-dimensional revision aide that helps you to remember complex concepts. By using Post-it® Products to make your foldables, you can create a small piece of art that's colourful, organised, and full of useful information. Writing down information makes it easier to absorb. This in turn helps you to master your subject, and succeed in achieving your goals.
Here’s how to make your own foldable study tools:
First, think about how many concepts you want to include in your foldable. That will determine how many folds you need to create. For example, to make our mitosis foldable, we started with one Post-it® Super Sticky Big Notes and created a diamond shape with four quadrants, one for each mitosis phase. The large size and square shape of the Post-it® Super Sticky Big Note makes a perfect canvas for all the information you’re going to add!
Use Post-it® Super Sticky Notes 76mm x 76mm to create layers and include more information in your foldable. For example, we sketched out what each mitosis phase looks like on one layer, and wrote a description of each phase on another. Because these Post-it® Notes are super sticky, they’ll stay put inside the foldable. Plus, you can remove and re-stick your Post-it® Super Sticky Note elsewhere, like inside your notebook, should you ever need to.
Label the sections of your foldable with Post-it® Page Markers of various colours. They’re easy to write on, and they stay put! Try matching each label colour to the Post-it® Super Sticky Notes on the inside, to keep your information organised. Associating colours with concepts can help you recall information later on.
When your foldable is complete, close up all the sections and quiz yourself on the concepts you’ve just learned. Now you have a great study tool you can use to memorise important information, see how parts of a process are related, or prepare for a test. Plus, you can make foldables for just about any topic, so use them in other classes to help make remembering complex concepts easier.
Making a foldable might seem like an unconventional way to revise. But writing things down and visualising information can really inspired you to dig deep and learn key concepts. Just follow the simple steps that we outlined above:
1. Create your concepts
2. Layer in your information
3. Label and colour code
4. Close it up and quiz yourself
The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) hosts Camp BIOmed, a summer camp for high school students, offers a variety of programmes designed to help future professionals understand burgeoning biological fields. With an emphasis on hands-on lessons and experiments, students are treated to a comprehensive understanding of how biomedical research is conducted and exposed to challenges faced by scientists every day. Learn more about Camp BIOmed here. https://www.nwabr.org/events-programs/student-events/camp-biomed-0