Color Coded Notes - A Productive Way to Study

Elif Oktay

Elif Oktay


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15 June 2022


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Color Coding

The importance of color-coded notes is often overlooked. It is a common belief that this technique only makes notes more aesthetically pleasing. But on the contrary, color-coding is so much more than that. It makes studies more organized and efficient. It also helps in remembering the key points of a subject. This learning technique is essential in boosting productivity.

What is Color Coding?

The color-coding system is essentially a way to organize information. By using this system, a person can manage the order of importance of the information they want to learn. They can also make key points of a subject stand out with bold and attention-grabbing colors.

Color-coding is a unique way to organize notes and be effective in your own way. When color-coding, a person can draw attention wherever they want to. These can be the parts they wish to revise or the most important points. With the correct amount and variety of colors, it is possible to master a subject quickly.

With the help of color-coded notes, people who have trouble focusing or remembering have the opportunity to be productive with just the use of colorful pens and pencils.

Why is Color-Coding Beneficial?

There are many other qualities of color-coding that we shouldn't forget about. For example, color-coding makes it possible to process data meaningfully and efficiently. The subject being studied finds a way to be meaningful by using specific colors for specific categories. This meaning is totally unique to the person studying. Therefore, by using color-coding, it is possible to create a personalized study method.

Using color-coding also speeds up the process of learning and memorization. The vibrant colors attract the attention of the person studying, making it easier for them to revise.

All these qualities and benefits color-coding brings makes the subject relatively more interesting for the person studying it. It may seem more interesting for two reasons. The first is that color-coding makes learning easier, more productive, and faster. The second one is that it allows users to personalize their notes and make them appealing to themselves.

How to Color-Code Your Notes?

After understanding how helpful color-coded notes are, people may attempt to start using this technique. But 5 things should be born in mind while doing so:

1. Color-Code after Initial Note-Taking

Don't color-code and listen to the lecture at the same time! Many people consider this distracting and ineffective. Once you finish taking your notes, you can color-code them. Doing this will help by not interrupting the flow of information and giving time to digest the information between the initial note-taking and color-coding.

2. Choose the Right Tools

Even if this step may not seem very important, it still holds significant value. The tools selected for this technique can be absolutely anything, as long as they are colorful. They can be used to change the color of the text, emphasize important points with shapes, or separate different sections of notes.

These tools are:

  • Highlighters
  • Colored pencils
  • Multi-colored pens (A single pen contains more than one color)
  • Sticky notes
  • Electronic color-coding options

3. Be Consistent

Use specific colors for specific categories! Never change the color of a topic! It may be confusing otherwise. It would be helpful to create a "color-code key" to always know which color you used for which category.

Bear in mind that not everyone will use the same colors for the same categories, but here are some colors and their "suggested" categories in note-taking:

  • Blue Ink : It is more memorable than black ink because it is known as a reliable color that resonates with people
  • Yellow : Key points
  • Pink : Vocabulary
  • Green : Names, dates, or places
  • Blue : Theories and hypotheses
  • Orange : Opinions
  • Red : Vital points

4. Limit Your Color Palette

Don't make things complicated! Remember, this system is to help you, not challenge you. Limit yourself to using a maximum of 3 or 4 colors. This will also help you be more focused when revising.

5. Don't Over Color-Code

Don't get caught up in the fun part of color-coding. If you color-code everything, nothing is actually color-coded. The system won’t be helpful. Only color-code the essential parts!


Color-coding makes it possible to create personalized notes which are fit for the person's needs. With this technique, mastering a subject and working efficiently is far easier.