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Do you take notes on your laptop?

isobellisobell Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
edited March 2010 in College Computers
I was thinking if you guys take your notes on your computer, given that it is perfectly portable. Do you use it more in humanities or in the math and sciences?

It would be faster than usual handwriting, thus you will have more stuff down.
However, it will be really hard to put down diagrams and equations.

Will having a tablet help?
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Replies to: Do you take notes on your laptop?

  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn - Posts: 16,060 Senior Member
    You're not really going to be able to take notes on your laptop in math/science classes. Having a tablet could help in those classes.
  • whheexwhheex Registered User Posts: 511 Member
    i have a tablet. taking simple notes i type. notes that need diagrams, like sciences, i write. math, i write, because it would take me longer to type out equations and arrange them in the orderly fashion i write them in.
  • mpabonmpabon Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    Do you use Windows Journal? It helps with pictures/graphs
  • LonghornDanLonghornDan Registered User Posts: 532 Member
    I personally type my notes with the exception of my math classes. Some of my professors use PowerPoint and put their slides online so you can download them. I will take these and add info from their lecture into the notes field. Otherwise I will use word. In math classes a good old fashioned spiral gets the job done.
  • DMOCDMOC Registered User Posts: 1,442 Senior Member
    I'm not yet in college, but I'd imagine like the posters above that math and science = handwritten, unless you're extremely talented with this "latex" thing that converts fractions, exponents, etc. quite nicely.
  • excelblueexcelblue Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    I used to take notes with my laptop. In fact, I've even pulled off the LaTeX stunt before.

    Here are my conclusions:

    - At 100wpm and a high comfort level, I had no trouble keeping up with math lectures, not even with the diagrams!

    - The notes all turned out ot be really nice and pretty, but I never really read them.

    - Too much thinking was put towards the keyboard, resulting in less time to actually think about the lecture, and my notes looked like photos of the board.

    - The laptop just proved to be an unnecesarily complicated piece of device for the task. It's awkward having to power it on each class just for notes. All the buttons + user interface + inability to view what you just wrote = not worth it.

    At the end, I saved up battery life for other purposes and went back to paper + pen. Note pen -- rollerball pen, not ballpoint, not pencil! They're still unreadable, as usual. However, the paper doesn't call for anywhere near as much attention as a laptop, is versatile for all sorts of purposes, and is much more portable.

    Yes, my notes are still pretty much useless, but at least I now get to focus much more attention on deciphering what the professors are actually saying instead of doing that from a "secondary source" afterwards.
  • maruhan2maruhan2 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    i have a tablet. taking simple notes i type. notes that need diagrams, like sciences, i write. math, i write, because it would take me longer to type out equations and arrange them in the orderly fashion i write them in.

    what program do you use??
  • cubexicancubexican Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I would keep things simple. As much as I love my netbook and tablet pcs, I still stick to taking notes by hand. I find that it helps cement things into your memory better and you don't have to worry about losing data. I've had many harddrives and computers over the years and I've lost my fair share of information through accidents and other means. However, I still have notebooks and binders from high school.

    I would imagine that most of your professors will be lecturing with powerpoint. If they are available before the lecture, I just print them out 4 to a page and take notes directly on them. I feel this is better than a laptop or tablet because you are able to view more on several pieces of paper than a computer screen. It's like having multiple monitors. I find it so much easier to study from printed powerpoint notes than from viewing 1 slide at a time on my laptop.

    Not to mention that if you buy a tablet pc you are paying a premium for a technology that will be outdated pretty quickly and that has essentially almost no more features than a piece of paper (other than ctrl+f but I prefer to flip through pages). I suggest a reliable laptop and a color laser printer if your university doesn't have printing services in your dorm and around campus. I personally use my campus' printers.
  • enricklaryenricklary Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    yes, Windows Journal will helps on this,,,,,

    set up wireless network
  • r31ncarnat3dr31ncarnat3d Registered User Posts: 452 Member
    For humanities lectures, I use Office OneNote to take notes on my laptop. It's absolutely goregous if you have few diagrams/figures to work with.

    For my science/math courses however, all my notes are handwritten.

    Something I love to do is, if your professor posts lecture slides, I print them out in single columns and paste them on the left side of my notebook pages. I then have the lecture slides to read over before class. During class, when the professor elaborates or adds in extra info, I write it in on the right side of the page, next to the corresponding slide.

    It takes a bit more effort than normal notetaking, but it's wonderful to read when you're studying for your final :)
  • Psycho'78Psycho'78 Registered User Posts: 273 Junior Member
    Something I love to do is, if your professor posts lecture slides, I print them out in single columns and paste them on the left side of my notebook pages. I then have the lecture slides to read over before class. During class, when the professor elaborates or adds in extra info, I write it in on the right side of the page, next to the corresponding slide.

    It takes a bit more effort than normal notetaking, but it's wonderful to read when you're studying for your final

    That seems like a lot more work than you need to do. You can already print PPT slides with 3 slides on the left column and lines for writing on the right column.

    That's pretty much what you're doing now....
  • r31ncarnat3dr31ncarnat3d Registered User Posts: 452 Member
    The problem with that is I tend to lose individual pages (a lot), so putting them all in a notebook makes it easier for me to find all my notes, and consolidates everything into one place for me.
  • crazypianist1116crazypianist1116 Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
    There's something called a hole puncher.
  • r31ncarnat3dr31ncarnat3d Registered User Posts: 452 Member
    Tried that. Pages on either end of the binder would like to tear out. :(
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