1. Using Post-it® Notes to learn about cell structure
Using Post-it® Notes To Learn About Cell Structure

Learning about cell structure, layer by layer

Want some tips to stay on top of biological processes? Follow along as we show you how to make a layered map with help from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.


  • Simplifying things is often a surefire way to understand complex systems or solve problems. One of the best ways to do it is to write things down. Just the process of writing, in fact, can make learning easier. The parts of a cell are intricate, but by getting organized with Post-it® Products, you’ll be able to break it all down and make it stick. See for yourself as we “peel” back the various components of an animal cell.

    Learning about cell structures - sketch and stick

  • 1. Sketch and stick

    Using a Post-it® Note 3 in. x 3 in., sketch the surface layer of the cell you’re researching. Give this Post-it® Note a clear title for easy reference, and stick it in your notebook — the notes are great for sticking on paper, because they’ll hold fast but never tear the page when you remove them. Write down any other notes that you think might be useful!

    learning about cell structures - create the first layer

  • 2. Create the first layer

    Take another Post-it® Note 3 in. x 3 in. and go one layer deeper with your organism. Sketch the essential structures and label them with Post-it® Flags for easy reference. Because they’re colorful and easy to write on, Post-it® Flags make it easy to quickly see what you’re looking for fast.

    learning about cell structures - go deeper

  • 3. Go deeper

    Use more Post-it® Notes 3 in. x 3 in. and Post-it® Flags as you continue to add more layers within the cell parts and functions. Consider using different colored Post-it® Notes 3 in. x 3 in. if you’re diagramming specific structures or processes. When you’re done, mark this page in your notebook with a Post-it® Page Marker, labeled with the same title from Step 1. That way, you’ll be able to find your cell structure easily whenever you need to!

  • Breaking complex systems down into their simpler parts is a great way to crack problems and absorb information, and Post-it® Products help get your thoughts out and right in front of you. All you have to do is:

    1. Sketch and stick
    2. Create the first layer
    3. Go deeper

    While this tip works great for things like a cell structure, you can apply it to just about anything else, too. When you write things down, you’re more likely to remember them. And that means you’re more likely to ace that test and achieve your goals.


  • Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

    The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) hosts Camp BIOmed, a summer camp for high school students, offers a variety of programs designed to help future professionals understand burgeoning biological fields. With an emphasis on hands-on lessons and experiments, students are treated to a comprehensive understanding of how biomedical research is conducted and exposed to challenges faced by scientists every day. Learn more about Camp BIOmed here.

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