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How to Make Comments While You Read With the Lix App - 3 min read

In the midst of a deep, hyper-productive study session, you will inevitably find yourself wanting to jot something down. You could:

a. grab a pen and notebook and write it down,

b. open up your go-to note-taking doc,

OR

c. add it directly to Lix.

If you’re an avid Lix fan, you know all about staying focused by keeping all your notes and comments in one place (in your digital books). But, if you’re new to Lix, I’m going to give you a rundown on how Lix’s Comment feature has made my studies easier.

A new era of studying

As a student prone to messes, I’ve pretty much ditched the whole analog thing and embraced digital tools as much as humanly possible, especially when it comes to studying. This means I’ve waved goodbye to bulky binders, environmentally-friendless paper, and expensive study material. Using digital comments and notes means doing more for your studies and doing it better. So, move over paper notebook—it’s digital for the win!

Write your notes digitally

Note-taking apps offer loads of useful features for keeping track of your thoughts and important information. But, if you really want to focus on what you’re reading, exiting your book to take notes isn’t really gonna cut it. At least not if you’re looking to achieve that coveted flow state.

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With Lix, you can write individualized comments directly into each digital book. This feature automatically highlights the text you’ve selected and lets you add a comment to that highlight. Then, you can check all the comments and highlights you’ve made on the column to the right of the screen to get a clear overview of what’s most relevant to you.

Color-code your comments

You can even personalize your note-taking strategy, adding different colors to represent multiple categories. If, for example, you’re really struggling with a topic, you can highlight your comments in red. Or, maybe you’re familiar with a topic, but need to revisit it later—color coordinate to match your level of understanding. I tend to highlight topics I’m familiar with in blue, but again, it comes down to personal preference. So, the way you color your comments is totally up to you.

You can add different colors to your highlights in Lix

Search your comments digitally

Even better, you’re not destroying a physical book by writing in the margins of every page. And, forget about finding it later—it’s nearly impossible to remember a reference needed in crunch time. In the Lix app, all you need to do is digitally search a keyword from a comment or highlight and you’re taken there automatically. You can also digitally search any reference or topic in your books. This frees up tons of time, so you can actually have a life outside of your studies!

For those arduous terms, place a keyword reminder in each comment to represent the difficulty level (e.g., very hard, hard, medium, low). Then, you’ll be able to quickly choose which level to focus on while you study. By creating a customized system, you can optimize your work.

Sort your comments digitally

You may be asking, “How do I sort my comments?” Lix provides a comment menu, which gathers all your notes together, depending on how you sort them. For example, you can give your comments their own headline to make it easier to remember topics and concepts. This headline can be used to gather several comments in one place. So, when you search for a keyword or phrase, all comments with the same headline will appear. You can even share these comments with your study group directly from the app. Pretty cool, right?

Imagine the scenario: your A4 notebooks are jam-packed with scribbled notes, post-it notes are plastered all over your dorm room in no apparent order, and random pieces of paper are scattered everywhere. Not only that, your writing is illegible. Most of the time, you can’t even read your own handwriting—it’s like it’s been written in a foreign language! Sound familiar? This is how my college life once was.

The Lix app was a game-changer for me. Now, I’ve organized my studies into a manageable system, and can actually read what I wrote. When it comes to studying, whether you’re prone to OCD tendencies or a complete mess, Lix helps keep your schoolwork neat and tidy.

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Mai loves to keep busy. Marketing consultant by day, pro badminton player in her spare time, finding a way to stay on schedule and do what she loves comes naturally. Her love of sport helps her do more of another one of her passions - travel. When she's not tearing up the court, jetting off to another game, or coming up with marketing strategy, she spends her time reading and writing, making Lix the perfect app to keep all her books and notes with her on the go. You can follow Mai on the Lix blog and on social 😉

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