Your Starting Point for learning Notion.

Welcome to Notion Fundamentals – an ongoing beginner’s course for learning how to use Notion. It’s 100% free, public, and full of examples and sample projects.

Here we’ll start with a completely blank workspace and work through the basics of pages, blocks, links, databases, and more. By the end, you’ll be able to confidently use all of Notion’s features.

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I’m Thomas Frank, and I’m Notion geek. I manage and organize my entire life in Notion. I also use it to run my business (a team of 7) and 2-million-subscriber YouTube channel, and have been doing so for 4 years. I’m also Notion-certified.

This course is my attempt to create the best beginner’s guide to Notion on the internet.

It’s also entirely free. My philosophy is to make free, super-high-quality content on the basics, and only charge for more advanced stuff (like Ultimate Brain, my complete second brain template that combines tasks, notes, projects, knowledge management, and life organization).

Below, you’ll find links to all the course resources, along with the lessons. Each lesson includes an in-depth video along with a written version with reference tables, screenshots, and more.

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Each lesson we’ll be working through has included templates and sample pages. I’ve made it so that you can duplicate these pages into your own space – that way, you can make changes and poke around to learn more effectively.

If you join my Notion Tips email newsletter, I’ll send you a link to these resources (and all my other free templates for task management, note-taking, and more) – along with additional Notion tips and tricks. If you’re not interested, you can skip this and just grab the resources below.

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In Notion, nearly everything is either a page or a block (or both). In this lesson, you’ll learn all about pages – how to create them, navigate between them, and customize them.

We’ll also start building a simple page with some content – useful for writing articles, wiki pages, and more.

Notion gives you a lot of options for formatting your text – and many tools for doing it. Chief among them is Notion’s powerful Markdown editor.

In this lesson, you’ll master Markdown, Notion’s keyboard shortcuts, and its other formatting tools.

Nearly everything in Notion is a block – including text, images, headings, pages, and even databases.

This lesson will teach you how to create and edit blocks in Notion – plus give you a full list of every block you can use.

Through many of the lessons in Notion Fundamentals, we’ll be demonstrating concepts though a hands-on project – building a personal dashboard.

This lesson lets you skip ahead and build the whole thing right away.

You can create multiple columns in your Notion pages, enabling you to build complex wikis, dashboards, templates, and more

This lesson shows you all my tricks for building multi-column layouts.

Notion gives you many options for linking pages within your workspace.

This lesson covers creating page links, as well as new sub-pages.

This lesson is a complete guide to Notion’s powerful database feature.

You’ll learn how to create databases, work with sorts, filters, linked databases, formulas, relations, templates, and more.

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More Notion Tutorials

Once you’ve moved beyond the basics, you can check out these intermediate tutorials to take your Notion skills even further.

Want to learn about Notion formulas? Check out my comprehensive reference guide:

This comprehensive reference guide for Notion formulas includes explanations, example formulas, and sample databases for every function, operator, and constant in Notion’s formula editor.

Notion Templates

Want to instantly add a task manager, note-taking system, or habit tracker to your workspace? Here’s a selection of my free Notion templates (see them all here) that you can use: