Note Sheets (sometimes called Cheat Sheets) are often allowed in Study Events. Usually the event will call for a certain number of double-sided, 8.5" by 11" paper (regular printer paper). In general, the strategies for making these note sheets are as follows:
- Get as much information as you can! Research your event, and try to put everything on the note sheet. If you run out of room, take out extraneous info that you already know. With that said...
- Keep information readable, neat, and easy to access. Remember that you will be taking a timed test! If you are unable to find a piece of information, it's just as useless as not having it in the first place. Experiment with tables, font size, and formatting to fit your needs.
- Have diagrams! Often the test will have a section or two with labeling, so having diagrams on your note sheet will help you immensely.
- Use colors. Colors aid in visually organizing your information, making it easier to find and more appealing to the eyes.
- Use sheet protectors, in case of bad weather or other potential threats.
With that said, be sure to not bring more than the allowed number of note sheets. Teams have been disqualified for things like this in the years past, and it is a disappointing experience for both the student and the event supervisor.
Events that Allow Note Sheets
- One per team
- One per participant
- Two per team
- Four per team
- Five per team