How do you use your Apple laptops during a school day?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Doju, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    I assume you only really use it for notes? When the professor puts notes on the overhead, you just whip out your laptop and copy them down? Do you even carry a pencil and paper? Like, do you just bring your MacBook and text books, or do you even bring a binder? What happens if there's a handed-out piece of paper to complete?

    What happens after that? Do you just print the notes out when you get home? Doesn't that get expensive? Would a laptop in chemistry class be effective, or would all the subscripts be cumbersome?
  2. djwobble macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    What a bunch of questions! :)

    I don't know if they allow laptops in High School... College - yes.

    Chemistry - don't know. Never took it...took biology instead and No, did not bring laptop
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    when i was in school, i left my computer at home and took notes with pencil and paper

    used the computer to type up reports/essays/etc
  4. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    I usually switch back and forth between taking notes and playing text twist or book worm.

    I dont print the notes out when I get home. I create a folder for each class and then drop in the word files so I can combine them all and create an outline at the end of the semester to study by.

    I always carry a pen, notebook, and highlighters with me.

    for chemistry you do not want to use a laptop unless you carry a pen input tablet with you as well. too hard to input all of the formulas, shell diagrams, et al

    you might want to check out one of the pen top note taking computers
    they capture hand writing so you can import it into your computer however most are not apple compatible and most require you to either buy or print special dot paper
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I tried a laptop in college and it was useless for note taking unless the professor displayed an outline through a projector to type up. If the teacher jumps around a topic or topics rather than a straight outline it becomes too cumbersome to type. If there are diagrams or formulas forget it.

    The best was still pen and paper. Though I could see using a touchscreen computer with a stylus. As it would be pretty much the same a pen and paper without using up paper. Though the price of several spiral binders versus a touchscreen computer would make me lean towards the paper.
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Proof once again that there is, indeed, a market for the MacTablet. Come on, Steve! 13.3" multitouch screen, MacBook Air internals, $1,999. You can't say that's a bad idea!
  7. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I leave my laptop at home.

    A 5 subject notebook and a pen do the trick quite nicely.
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    theres something about turning pages that simply cant be duplicated by a computer

    i cant imagine studying notes from a screen rather than from a notebook.

    then again, im the same person who has to print off pdf''s as i cant stand reading 40 pages or so on a computer screen
  9. kflook macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2007
    Gettysburg, PA
    The high school I went to just handed out a MacBook to every student in 9th-12th grade about a month ago.
  10. Kelly the Dude macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2008
    I normally use Schoolhouse to take down notes. It's an awesome free app. (I'll post a link when I get back to my laptop. )

    Sometimes I use Audio Recorder to record lectures that are really important.

    Of course I always bring paper and a pencil. Who knows what could happen in class... But I try to keep as much of it digital as I can.

    Irronically I rarely ever refer back to my notes, but it's nice to use a quick find command to find a word I'm looking for.

    What else do you guys do? This is interesting.
  11. Doju thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
  12. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    from watching the people around me in class, what people typically do is:

    google chat/aim/ichat
    text twist
    look up case briefs/wikipedia
    shoe shopping
    planning vacation/shopping for airline tickets

    all while taking notes
  13. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    I do at the end of the semester right before the exam

    usually I have 80 to 120 pages of notes per class
    I print them all out
    read and highlight what is important
    then cut out what isnt important and re print
    then read and highlight again until I get everything I need to know/dont remember into a 10-20 page (sometimes less) outline for each class
  14. Kelly the Dude macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2008
    Almost never print them. actually I rarely refer back to them period. Something about "writing" down stuff helps me review. Sometimes I put them on my iPhone to read.

    I also get funky with the fonts in my notes. I put a couple different sizes and typefaces in my favorite fonts so I can use them in the font palette for notes.

    I almost never do anything on my in class computer that isn't related to the class. Occasionally I look up things on wikipedia via the Dictionary app. I use the dictionary app a lot in class.

    Schoolhouse is really awesome though. I really can't say enough about it. I rarely use it for anything other than taking notes, but it's a great assignment manager. If you have trouble with it, try using it under rosetta (get info> open using rosetta).
  15. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    When i was at school laptops were a no no, shame though, but nothing beats the good old pen and paper
  16. ChrisN macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2007
    Demarest, NJ
    No one else uses them to type up notes anyway well attleast in high school.

  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    lol yea its always facebook checking and what not, even in college ive noticed most with laptops use it for browsing around during class
  18. *old-guy* macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2007
    Blackburn in North West England
    Check my name. I use pen and paper all the time. :)
    I am surprised though that nobody has mentioned cameras in class.
    Then you can type in notes or crib sheets as to what the teacher says and then take pictures of what he/she writes or displays.
  19. Kelly the Dude macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2008
    Yeah I've done that.
  20. JG271 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2007
    I'm at 6th form - sorry, i don't know the american equivalent, but I'm 17 (school starts at age 4/5 here)

    I use my macbook for computing - programming coursework, writing documents on word etc, because the school computers are awfully slow.

    I also use it for music tech, so I don't have to mess around with moving logic files to and from home. In my free periods I just surf the internet, our computing teacher gave me the wireless password:)
    Thats about it really. The battery life is so good I can run it almost all day without charging.
  21. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    When I go to class, I usually carry:

    -My MBP
    -A few sheets of notebook paper
    -Some pens
    -The textbook for that class
    -Any handouts we've gotten

    I never print my notes, unless I need them for a test. I just study them off my screen. I have a separate folder I keep them in, which contains folders for each class. I have the main notes folder as a stack, so I just click it and get a menu of all my notes. Very convenient.
  22. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2008
    I bring my MBP with me to class every day, it stays in my backpack when I'm in class. I use it in between classes to do homework, or if I don't have any homework I browse the internets or watch movies.
  23. iHusky macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2007
    i bought a laptop for college anticipating that i'd be using in class, but that has turned out to be very unrealistic. I, along with most everybody i've seen with a computer in class, usually just end up doing something else on the computer and completely ignore the lecture.

    paper and pencil ftw.
  24. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    Notebook is a lot easier than a computer.

    1) you can write on it
    2) no battery
    3) you can't drop it and break it
    4) no one will steal it
  25. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    I usually had my laptop with me, but I studied chemical engineering and chemistry which was nothing but boards and boards and boards of sheer math so note-taking was a non-option. I used it extensively in labs as running things like distillation columns required data transfer between the columns' computers and my laptop to work on later.

    But for general note taking, nah. Keep it at home, keep it pristine.

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