Documenting Your Thinking

Don’t keep things in your head – what you keep in your head is not available to peers and tutors. Relying on memory is not that efficient or reliable, and can cause anxiety. Make lists, use a diary, drawings, create a map, create a blog – whatever works best for you – just make sure to get your ideas documented so you can keep track of them.Picture21

Learning at GSA will be informed by your creativity and these intuitive notes in sketchbooks and journals. However studying on a course, and the introduction of a course brief or project will encourage you to add to your intuition with more active, directed research.

Don’t rush to the end– when presented with a new brief you may often have an approximate idea what you hope to present at the end of the project. The difficulty in thinking this way is that it limits the range of possibilities for you to explore.Picture4

  • Try to slow down your thinking. Be aware of the smaller steps you have made in your head.
  • Think about the options you have rejected as well as the ideas you considered. Record these deliberations.
  • Use a variety of ways to record your thoughts: sketchbooks, notebooks, journals, blogs, folders, annotated images, drawings.

Whatever method you use to document your ideas, look for opportunities to define and categorise them, so that they are functional and informative both for you and your tutors.Picture27

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 Images: Leona McConnell and Megan Taylor