Introduction: Pocket-Sized Memory Aids
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Step 1: Tools Needed
For this Instructable, we need:
- A4 Paper Sheets (white and preferably light)
- Stapler (a big one)
- Contents Source (our source of information to be included in the Memory Aid)
All the tools and materials are shown in the picture below.
Step 2: Folding
Take a paper sheet and fold it in two equal parts. Remember that the more perfect the folding, the more perfect the Memory Aid will be.
Repeat this process two more times until you have a small imperfect mini book with 16 pages.
Step 3: Numbering the Pages
Now, position your Memory Aid in front of you and number all the pages.
You can't forget any of them, otherwise you can make the all process fail.
Some pages are tricky to number because they are behind other pages that are easy to number. You should have in total 16 pages, as said before.
Mark the pages with a pencil so you can erase the numbers at the end.
Step 4: Writing the Content
Now, unfold the paper sheet to its original shape.
You can now add the front cover (page 1), back cover (page 16) and contents (pages 2-15), following the page numbers. To get more advice on inserting the contents, check the last step.
Step 5: Finishing Steps
If you have all your contents written down, you can now finish your Memory Aid.
Fold the sheet again into the mini book shape and use the stapler to maintain the pages together, as depicted below.
Using the scissors, cut the top edge and the fore edge of the mini book, as shown below.
Congratulations, you have your own Memory Aid. I hope you find it useful! I certainly do, since I such minibooks for Maths, Mythology, Sciences, English, German, Latin, Famous Quotes and Programming!
Step 6: Advice on Making Contents
To make a good Memory Aid, you should have a nice front cover. In the image you can see an example of a good front cover. The title should be something nice. Not "Mathematics volume I", for example, but "Cool Maths I". Personally I like to draw, but if you want you can use a printer and glue a nice picture.
The contents are the most important.
For the purposes of this Instructable, my source of information was How to make a great Instructable. I like to have these great contents at hand!
So I made a schematic of my contents in a scrap paper as follows:
- Title, steps, motivation
- Materials, tools and parts
- Images, good images, files
- Text formatting
- Finishing Touches
Don't forget to:
- Have your information organized
- Use a clear language, using the language that YOU use every day
- Include drawings, schemes, graphics, etc.
- Summarize the information
- If you need, make several volumes
- Show examples of theory.
With these guidelines, you can now write down a summary (I said a summary) of each chapter.
Watch the Images for more ideas.
Enjoy your Memory Aids and if you like them, vote for me!
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