HOW TO FILE YOUR LESSONS? [Optimal carding method] 📝 Part 2

Updated: Jun 12, 2021


Make index cards on paper or on a computer? 🔎

👉🏻 Make your cards on paper if you have a nice handwriting, crisp and precise, and you know how to write quickly. It is a method appreciated by people who retain while writing.


👉🏻 Unfortunately, there are very few people who have a talent as a calligrapher and who manage to write quickly: at Legrandprof

, we have a clear preference for computer files to be printed afterwards. You then have the best of both worlds: the convenience of the computer to make corrections, arrange paragraphs, correct mistakes, and do something clean, and then learning on paper which still allows you to personalize your cards in annotating them.

How does a card on paper look? ✒️


👉🏻 The Card on paper remains the great classic. While it is possible to make very simple and effective cards (this is more what we recommend: you have lots of things to do except file!), Some people make cards of works of art, with a very airy calligraphy content which makes the cards very pleasant to work with (but not necessarily profitable, because much longer to make).


How does a file look on a computer? 🖥

Course cards on Microsoft Word:

👉🏻 You get it, our preference is for cards made on a computer, from a course taken on a computer, but which must imperatively be printed to be learned the old-fashioned way.


💎 Here is our ultimate carding technique 💎

👉🏻 Ideally, on a computer, file on the same document as your course using the comments in Microsoft Word


Filing to the right of your course in the same document and then printing everything has only advantages:

  • You avoid the very time-consuming back and forth between two separate documents.

  • It's easier to select info drastically when you know at worst your class is right there.

  • The fact of making the cards in small comments forces you to be concise and to get to the point.

  • You will have your course and your sheets directly printed, you can then write down everything.

👉🏻 When you revise, you will only proofread what is in the comments. You will come back to the course only if you have any doubts about a notion, if you revise by rereading your course you are wasting your time!


👉🏻 It is essential to print your sheets (and your course) to learn. It’s much more efficient! 🖨

Either your parents can print at the office without it bothering them, otherwise we advise you to buy a color laser printer, there are very good ones around 70 000 XAF.


How fast to advance in my file?

👉🏻 From experience, with a dense prep course, we write about 3 course pages per hour. At the high school with a lighter course, you will rather be on 7 pages per hour!


What density should you give to your card?

👉🏻 A good card corresponds to a contraction of about 20% of the initial text. 10% if you want to do very synthetic, 30% if you have time and want to leave more details.


👉🏻 In your worksheet, you go to the basics: the logical structure of the course, the authors, the facts, the logical sequences with arrows, the large numbers selected.


👉🏻 No need to keep all the numbers and all the examples: keep the ones that speak to you, otherwise find the classic ones and learn them too.




Which layout to adopt?

As in your course adopt a standard layout for your cards, it must be different from your course and even simpler.

Always make the structure of your course highly visible in your course sheets. If you ever find that the structure made by your teacher could be improved, don't hesitate if it is relevant, improve it! Your files must speak to you!

Use and abuse arrows and abbreviations in your cards. The idea is always to express the ideas of the course in very few characters: look how I did in the excerpt above!

When listing lessons, I use very little or no color: see my files are in black and white, I only use bold, capital letters or italics to highlight content. Ah yes, on a computer you have chosen colors that look good when printed. My layout standard had been thought through for that, you can reuse it as it is! 🙂

Systematically number your pages and put the name of the chapter on each card: the day your cards get mixed up, it will save your life! (# Lived)

Find a technique to differentiate your cards between each subject: when they are on paper, choose bristol cards of different colors. When it's on computer, remember to put the name of the chapter and the subject at the bottom of the page, adopt a layout for each subject.

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