Taking notes on film (and some zone read cutups)

I believe strongly, some might even say religiously, in drawing up what you see on video, in addition to whatever notes you take, because of all the benefits it brings.

I have a lot of reasons for this, including the fact that it forces you to watch the film over and over again, focus on the little things, and I’ve always believed that the physical act of using your hands to draw something creates a bigger impression in your mind, and lets you retain a lot more.

It just so happens, I was right about that last part.

As it turns out, according to a recent study, students who take notes by hand have been shown to retain more information than those who take notes in class on their laptops.

There really is something to the idea that the physical act of writing (or drawing) that creates a stronger and more complete impression in your brain.

Trust me, it can be very mentally exhausting to take detailed notes, but if you’re really interested in learning more about football, I don’t know of any better way (Though if you happen to have a better way, I’d love to hear about it).

So with all that in mind, here’s something else to draw up (and maybe steal a few ideas from).

Since so many people loved the power read clinic video from yesterday’s email, I thought I’d share some more offensive cutups I found on YouTube, this time from Appalachian State’s zone read scheme.

PS – I just put the finishing touches on the breakdown of Denver’s Super Bowl defense against Carolina, and can’t wait to share it with you on Friday.

-Alex Kirby