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Old Nov 21, 2007, 02:01 AM   #1
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how do you guys take notes in class?

i usually use microsoft onenote but i always distract myself by surfing the web in class
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 02:25 AM   #2
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I use pages for all of my note taking in Biology and Chemistry. Haven't found a better solution, though I haven't searched very hard
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 02:31 AM   #3
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pen + paper

computer note taking isn't well suited to engineering as I have to take down a lot of equations and diagrams very quickly.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 03:11 AM   #4
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Pen and paper.

Actually, I rarely took notes.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 03:15 AM   #5
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If I didn't care for the class I didn't take notes
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 03:20 AM   #6
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pen&paper for more mathematical subjects
neooffice for everything else.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 03:22 AM   #7
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I have a ruled reporter's Moleskines for each subject. They're durable and great quality and last forever. I can write and draw diagrams as necessary far more quickly than I could on my mac.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 03:23 AM   #8
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I rarely take notes in class. The few times I have, I've used the notebook feature of Office 2004, and of course, a pen and paper.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 03:27 AM   #9
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I use Journaler. It's simple and does what I want it to, with quite a useful file system.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 05:05 AM   #10
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I don't, I find it better to just pay 100% attention.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 08:38 AM   #11
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I haven't set foot in a classroom in well over a decade, but if I did I'd probably use VoodooPad. I use it to keep track of work-related things now and it's great.

It's like having a local, personal world-wide-web.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 08:39 AM   #12
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Pen & paper. It's a lot less distracting that a computer, feels more natural to me, allows me to make faster changes (no hunting around with the cursor to go back) and drawing diagrams and equations is a nightmare on a computer.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 09:53 AM   #13
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i usually use microsoft onenote but i always distract myself by surfing the web in class
As a former professor, I would recommend not surfing the web in class. The instructor can always tell no matter how sneaky you are being. It was always amusing to me the students that thought I didn't see them surfing the web or even sleeping.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 10:14 AM   #14
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I don't


And it hasn't hurt me yet. I have a 3.5 GPA and a 4.0 GPA in my major. I'm pretty decent at memorization (and if there's a question pool handed out before a test, it's basically a guaranteed A for me)
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 10:25 AM   #15
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Paper and Pen or Pencil.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 10:32 AM   #16
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I don't, I find it better to just pay 100% attention.
This was my plan as well. I just soaked up the information, rather than trying to get everything down on paper. It would piss my classmates off when I would do well on the tests. (: It was great. (:
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 11:16 AM   #17
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I tried to use my PowerBook for taking notes a while back, but it just didn't work for any of my subjects.

Biology - too many diagrams and graphs

Business Studies - the teacher prints out all the notes for us

Geography - most notes have to be taken on specific printed out sheets

Psychology - notes go in course notes book

So I'm back using boring old pen and paper.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 12:15 PM   #18
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Pen and paper. I'm hoping to get a MB or MBP before my next semester.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 12:27 PM   #19
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Pencil and paper for math and Office 2004's notebook feature for everything else. I've found it particularly worthwhile to have a laptop in college because I type a whole lot faster than I write and I can edit my notes without any hassle (amongst other things).
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 12:33 PM   #20
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Depends on the class. I prefer pen and paper, but a few times, I've had really fast-talking lecturers, so I use my iBook there because I can type faster than I write, so its easier to keep up that way.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 01:54 PM   #21
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 02:03 PM   #22
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pen and paper

I have never heard of a lecturer going too fast that taking paper notes isn't possible/a computer is necessary.

Plus it seems that actually physically writing the notes helps me retain that information, rather than typing.

I'm also safe in case anything would happen to my MB. I'd still have all of my notes.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 02:28 PM   #23
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Back in the day, I used a Psion Series 5 for a while. Best PDA keyboard ever made, still better than any I know even now.

Ultimately I went back to pen and paper though... more space, easier, more reliable

The Psion was nice when you had to write a report though, with the ability to sync it up to the PC at home and use copy/paste on the notes.

I suspect a Tablet PC would be a good one these days.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 02:38 PM   #24
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As a former professor, I would recommend not surfing the web in class. The instructor can always tell no matter how sneaky you are being. It was always amusing to me the students that thought I didn't see them surfing the web or even sleeping.
Funny that you mentioned that. I do that all the time but I never tried to hide it though. I usually just go to class so that I know what we're learning about so I can study the right thing. The actual learning part are usually done at home.

Back to the question. I find that it is best to use pen and paper, unless the course notes is posted in online pdf. In that case, I usually add in the comments right on the slides using the good old Acrobat.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 02:57 PM   #25
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Funny that you mentioned that. I do that all the time but I never tried to hide it though. I usually just go to class so that I know what we're learning about so I can study the right thing. The actual learning part are usually done at home...
Most of the classes I taught were high particiaption classes where one's involvement in discussion had a rather large impact on one's grade. It seems the students just didn't care.
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