Quick (but very detailed) Introduction
So, you want to write a post-it! Want is
probably not a good word. So, you have
to write a post-it! Post-its are fun, spontaneous
and make reading more interesting.
Just kidding, Post-its are stiff
and break up your reading. Unfortunately,
you have to do them just like the
other BSGE students (that’s what we
get for going to a school that thinks
about things three hundred times). We
are expected to break down every sentence
into little pieces that create a similar
but deeper story.
Post-its are used whenever you find a
passage that allows you to see something
else. Post-its can make very general
statements or they can go into
detail. You can make connections to
outside life or you can ask questions
about the text. When you ask a question
you might want to read a little further
and see if you can answer it
(teachers here love it when you do
something like that).
**TIP (you should probably write this on
your hand so you remember):
The best post-its are small with lines.
The bigger they are the more words
they cover up. You want the lines because
it looks prettier. And they’re easier
to write on.
Post-its (see tip above)
A pen or pencil- Pencils are probably
better because you may think of something
while you’re writing. Then you
would have to change everything so it’s
much easier to erase it. Of course, you
could be like me and go through 20
post-its because you use pen and can’t
erase your many spelling mistakes.
A brain- well not really. I’ve seen many
people fake their intellect and actually
write post-its (you can just write “This
like EQ,” but I’m not sure you would really
get a good grade). That’s why I’m
labeling this one optional.
A book or piece of literature- you obviously
need something to write your
Steps and More Tips (these are less
special tips then the one above):
1. Gather all of your materials
(except the brain; that one is optional)
2. Read the required reading.
Most teachers will tell you to read
everything twice. I suggest reading it
once without post-its. Think of spots
where you can comment and then put a
blank post-it there. The second time
around you only have to skim and look
for those special spots. This way you can
enjoy the reading but you don’t need to read
the whole thing over again.
3. You may want to peel the back off
the post-its and stick them on the front of
your book so you never forget them.
4. When you’re writing the post-it be
specific. If you’re making an observation use
evidence from the text. If you’re asking a
question explain the reason you’re confused.
Then try and find the answer to the
5. Fold your post-its in half when
you’re done writing, that way they don’t
cover up too much space.
Some Example Post-its:
A good post-it consists of a thesis and evidence
to back it up. Throw is a connection to
the EQ and you’re on your way to Harvard!
“Mary is smart. Everybody like Mary. Duh!”
– Not so good post-it.
“Mary works very hard to get good grades.
Mary stays up late at night to study so that
she does well on tests. She is trying to get
into a better school so she can escape her
– Much better post-it though not brilliant, I
should have connected this piece to the EQ.
Post-its are hard work; it takes some practice
to get them right. Get used to writing
them because they are used a lot and they
can actually really help break down and interpret
text (they’re a lot easier then writing
*Never, ever swallow a post-it.
*Post-its will get hot if you burn them.
*Post-its can be vicious so wear gloves in
cause of paper cuts.
Some Post-it Facts:
The guy who invented post-its was Mr. Postit.
Okay that was a lie; his real name was Art
Fry (who knew?).
Post-its have been around for 27 years. Our
parents are known as the “without post-its”
generation! How could they survive?
It would take about 506,880,000 2-7/8 inch
Post-it notes to circle the world once.
The most expensive post-it was sold for 640
pounds in December 200 after artist R. B.
Kitaj made a charcoal and pastel drawing on
Today, there are more then 600 post-it products.
Post-its are now sold in eight standard sizes,
25 shapes and 62 colors in 100 countries.
Post-its are recyclable
Quick (but very detailed) Introduction