Doodles Do Good

Pia Contreras

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While doodling during class may seem disrespectful or plain rude, teachers should actually encourage this. Srini Pillay, a contributor for the Harvard Health Blog, states that “recent research has shown that doodling is not an enemy of attention; it may in fact be a friend.” Pillay adds that doodling can help with memory, stress relief and focus. Therefore, students that scribble in the margins of their notebook are more likely to retain information. This is due to the fact that the energy required to doodle is just enough to give your mind a mental break but not enough to distract you from what is being discussed in class. In the end, you spend less time daydreaming and more time learning. Plus, you end the year with a very festive notebook.

How to doodle:

  1. Find something to draw- this can be anything from your pencil case to the back of the head of a student sitting in front of you. The challenge is creating a quality doodle without looking at the paper.
  2. If you’re really not feeling it that day, tally the seconds that go by until class ends. This will give you something to do while your teacher wraps up.
  3. Make up a language on the margins of your notebook.
  4. Make a list of movies you want to watch over the weekend.
  5. Take notes in your notebook upside down.
  6. Instead of writing from left to right, try writing from right to left. *Remember to note this later so you don’t get confused when you review your notes
  7. Train yourself to write with both hands (lefty and righty).
  8. Switch pen colors after every sentence (just make sure you don’t click your pen too much)
  9. Last but not least, try paying attention. It might not be so bad:)

For more information about the benefits of doodling, click here.