Pocket-Sized Memory Aids




Introduction: Pocket-Sized Memory Aids

About: I am the leader of the Palpita-me! project. And I love instructables!
This Instructable will teach you how to build a small paper book with texts, images or drawings inside to help you remember things you must know. Useful for school, learning languages, learning some complex procedure, etc.

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Step 1: Tools Needed

For this Instructable, we need:

- A4 Paper Sheets (white and preferably light)

- Pencil

- Pen

- Rubber

- Scissors

- 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:


- Introduction
- Language
- Title, steps, motivation
- Materials, tools and parts
- Images, good images, files
- Text formatting
- Finishing Touches
- Publishing
- Popularizing
- Notes

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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    13 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 4

    just saying, you dont really need a front or back cover, use it to write more crap


    11 years ago on Introduction

    JZweige can you send me a copy of everything in your book in my inbox???????? the instructable was great im voting for you =)


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    but... the one saying how to do a great instructable?


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I did this before you did!! And I entered it. Please, check to see if this already exists before you make it!! Mine was uploaded somewhere mar.18!!


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    ! I didn't notice! But yours is not as good as mine in my opinion and there many altoids version for example. Besides, yours is not exactly like mine and I explored content making.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    WOW! that's a great site! I must explore it a bit! very cool!


    Hey, I love making these... I found a how-to of this on youtube last july and have been using this study method ever since! one tip for you; Instead of writing it by hand, make a template in photoshop or Paint.net and type everything. i find it much easier to read (sloppy printing) and you can fit a lot more stuff on a page and organize better. Great Instructable