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organization || Mistral Method Series: Efficient, Adaptable, Organized & Aesthetic Note-Taking

One of my biggest “academic” goals throughout high school has been to create the PERFECT note taking system. While high school is important for the marks, I think it’s more important to set yourself up with good study habits and a good system of learning that will stay with you for life.

In my search, I’ve decided that a good system must be:

  • aesthetic
  • efficient
  • organized
  • adaptable

(I talk about why each of these is important in the video!)

After a TON of modification and reflection, I’ve settled on this “Mistral Method” of taking notes, and I’m super proud of it.

The Mistral Method

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  • ADAPTABLE | I use it for typed AND handwritten notes, and I even use the same system in my bullet journal! No need to memorize different colour codes and styles.
  • EFFICIENT and QUICK | I HATE rewriting notes. I feel like I’m better off just studying. The Mistral Method withstands rapid-fire lectures and slow brainstorm sessions
  • ORGANIZED | I review, not study for tests – all because the process of taking the notes has already ensured I store the material in a logical, organized way – both in my brain and on paper.
  • TEST OF TIME | I’ve been using the same one for the past 2 years for all my subjects and it works perfectly!

I’ve thought long and hard about making this a video series or one long video, and I’ve decided make it into a three-part series.

Later, I might make shorter but more detailed videos about specific aspects of my system. Let me know what you’d like to see in the comments!Outline

PART 1/3: How to Create a good Note-Taking system for Your Needs
1. Important attributes of a good note taking system. (1:32)
2. What classes to use handwritten note taking system for (4:30) and a brief spiel about handwritten notes vs typed notes (6:38)

PART 2/3: The Mistral Method: the BEST Note-Taking System!
2. the Mistral Method:

  • Layout of the page and info (1:08)
  • Colour coding system (5:00)
  • Pens and highlighters that work well together (5:30)
  • Bullet system and signifiers (11:05)

PART 3/3: Tips and Tricks for Note Organization
3. Extra tips to incorporate (depending on the subject) (1:32)
4. Flip through some class binders where I use handwritten notes, and show you how I organize all the notes for a course (2:55)

Part 1/3: How to Create a Good Note-Taking system for Your Needs

PART 2/3: The Mistral Method: the BEST Note-Taking System!

PART 3/3: Tips and Tricks for Note Organization

And that’s it!

It was SO much fun to work on and to think about this video for the past, like, three months. And I realized DAMN this is one monster of a note-system. But it’s absolutely amazing and I’m so proud of it and I hope you use it and/or get inspired by it.

And remember: when it comes to studying, MORE isn’t necessarily better.

A lot of people ask me about the time it takes to stay organized and whether that’s an issue. And as I’ve come to realize more and more, BEING ORGANIZED is what 80% of my success is attributed to. Sure, it takes a bit more time to GET organized, but then your mind it organized too! The tasks are easier to break down and do. And the tests are easier to study for – because you’ve been studying this whole time already. Keep that in mind! 🙂

If you want to see more or have any feedback, let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you!

22 thoughts on “organization || Mistral Method Series: Efficient, Adaptable, Organized & Aesthetic Note-Taking”

  1. Can u do a video or something showing/listing all the stationery u use? It’d be rly helpful for my Christmas list 😉P.s. love u 💕

  2. just letting you know, my college professor showed one of the videos you have over this in class today! I am such an unorganized note taker and i feel like this is going to help me a lot. Thanks for the helpful tips!

    1. Oh my goodness. That is unreal! Thanks for reaching out to let me know, I’m just speechless! I’m super glad to have helped you out, and good luck with your studies! <3

  3. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content!

  4. Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room
    mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him.
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  5. I’m so excited to have stumbled across this!!! I found you on YouTube and I am a min if four and returning back to college to get my dental hygienist degree! I have been watching and searching for ways to get organized and take better efficient notes! What an accomplishment to have figured out how to take a time honored system (Cornell) and make it BETTER!!! I have tried multiple times using that method and just never used the summary section… So onward went my search. I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you for taking the time to do this and share with the world! I’ve already sent several links to my bestie who is on the same scholastic journey as myself.


  6. Your style is so unique compared to many other people. Thank you for publishing when you have the opportunity,Guess I will just make this bookmarked.2

  7. Say, you got a nice article post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on

  8. Hey
    I just wanted to say thanks for this note taking system. I could watch you taking organized notes for hours.
    So esthetic!

  9. Hey girl I’m pretty sure were the same age so dont let this sound weird but I wish I had this in high school I probably wouldve had 4.0 (which is the real goal this semester) and I wish i had this in my first semester of college. You are wonderful and I really appreciate what you do. I also use your bullet journal as inspo bc its just amazing ❤❤❤

  10. Hi I just learned about you today! My daughter is 16yo and had to do summer school this year. I’m no help with note taking and the way things are taught these day let’s me know im out of my league lol.
    We’ve decided to try the Mistral Note taking system this year. She has ADD and when she saw your video she said “Mom, I’m already tired of it” lol.
    I’ll try to remember to update on her progress. I l ow you get tons of messages daily but I want to update you anyway. Were setting up her journal for the upcoming school year (first week anyway) hopefully well be off to a good start.

    Thank you for your blog and videos.

    1. Thank you for the kind words and that’s so funny she said that! I hope she finds a strategy that is both enjoyable and successful. Best of luck!

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