Student Help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by klepso, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. klepso macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2003
    I am going to go ahead and apologize for posting this in the wrong place (if i am), i was unsure of were to post it.

    I have recently added a 12" ibook to my collection of macs (to use on the go and in class for notes), and was wondering what other students were using?

    What do you find easiest program for taking Notes, and is there a easy way to have my G4 and Ibook link up with certain files ? so i always have back ups of docs? i would also like to maybe find a dictionary, and French Translator that can speak in french.

    Thanks for any help that is offered, and any suggestions of things i "must have" would be great.
  2. oreo macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Kent, UK
    When I was in college just over a year ago, I used my old hp laptop. I've just got a 14" iBook to go back with in September. Here in the UK, no-one uses laptops in class, which is so annoying, as I find it so much easier to type than to write things down. I'm asking the college if it is possible to use my iBook in class.

    I'm going to be using word if I can use the laptop in class, as it has a notepad feature, which looks like it might be good for note taking.
  3. MacFan26 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Francisco, California
    I on the other hand would rather write notes than type them, but I suppose it depends on what class you're taking. The only time I used my laptop in class was in my programming classes, where I could type code that teachers were writing. You probably know this, but if you want a quick dictionary, there's one in Sherlock. As well as a translator, but my experiences haven't been great with it, and it doesn't speak for you.
  4. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    im in the UK well not right now but i was 2 weeks ago, and will be back in september and i use my laptop in class all the time; in fact there are about 15 ppl in our law course that use them religiously for notes and stuff. i take a 17 pbook
  5. josepho macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2004
    Surrey, England
    When I'm writing or typing notes I always put them down in hierarchical order (when points within points etc), and I've found that the best program for that is OmniOutliner (which came preinstalled on my 12" Powerbook, though I don't remember it on my iBook). You can have unlimited levels of sub-points, which is excellent for me.

    As for the French translator - I'd steer clear. In my experience (I'm going into third year @ university doing Italian & Spanish - though I have quite a bit of experience with French too) I find that those automated translation things are rubbish. They never understand the context in which you're writing, and come up with something which means absolutely nothing. If at all possible, try studying French and doing any necessary translation yourself.

    I find that is good for dictionary features. It do English to Spanish, Italian, French, and various others, and vice-versa, and it always seems to give a large number of definitions, like you'd find in a real dictionary - unlike some other online dictionaries I've used in the past.

    Good luck!
  6. Calvinatir macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2003
    I use a 17" PB to take notes...easy multitasking with the large screen and i use M$ it for $5 so i can't argue
  7. takao macrumors 68040


    Dec 25, 2003
    Dornbirn (Austria)
    hm when i take notes during my courses (in the university here) i usally print out the "powerpoint sheets/pdf of the day" and write comments/notes on them msot of the time there is plenty space
    in math we have a preprinted 'scriptum' where the left side is always text and the right side is always empty for notes... most students here use notebooks between lectures etc. to code,play games, or do something else
    taking notes with laptops is not common and would perhaps get too loud....

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