Taking notes?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by FalcorTheDog, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. FalcorTheDog macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2005
    Kind of a random question... but for those of you in college or recently out of college, did you do most of your notetaking on your laptop or in a traditional notebook? My 15" powerbook is on the way, and I've been getting really excited about taking notes on it (showing it off in class :rolleyes: ) but then I started thinking that it might be tough. I'm majoring in Engineering, and with all the charts and diagrams they're bound to throw at me... taking notes on a computer seems like it might be a bit tougher than I thought. I type a lot faster than I write, but I just know those diagrams and crap will slow me down. Any thoughts?
  2. Tamer Brad macrumors regular

    May 13, 2005
    Can't you use both?
  3. FalcorTheDog thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2005
    I guess... seems like things would kind of be all over the place though. Half your notes on the computer, half in a notebook... seems kind of annoying, but maybe the only solution?
  4. SurfinSHELL23 macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2004
    Aberdeen, NJ
    I'm not in college, but am in high school. My school's fairly competitive and could just as well b e college (we are on a college campus).

    I used my laptop first just in Biology - each student sits at a G4 PowerMac and the teacher's very forward-thinking. It worked well. Diagrams (anatomy systems, life cycles) were a bit of a pain. This was on a Dell, mind you, but it shouldn't matter. I used an external mouse at sometimes, and wrote it out at others. I had to switch back to written notes at one point because my Dell was out of service for about two months, but that's another story.

    I also began to use the notebook in History and English - worked well, teachers didn't seem to mind. Didn't use it much in English as we rarely take notes, and when we do the teacher gives us worksheets to do so. I also used the computer in my Intro to Engineering Design class, loading Autodesk Inventor on it. It worked well, the only issue being I had to put finished work on flash drive or go the the ethernet switch to print it. The school won't give out the Wifi key in that part of the building.

    For Latin I used the notebook a lot. It helped me because like most people of high intelligence (just playing), I have ****** handwriting. When I'd be copying over the vocab lists, sometimes A's would turn into O's and vice-versa. Then come time for the quizzes and I'd loose points. So this way I was able to avoid that.

    For math I never even tried to take notes on it. I just used the traditional pen and paper. Maybe next year I'll give it a try.

    My main problem with my notebook is its size. It's a 15" display, but the notebook is about 2" thick, and it's pretty heavy. You won't have these problems more than likely. That's why I'm getting a 12" (or maybe 13" if they ever make one) PowerBook with a 20" display at home.

    Also get a top loading bag. My current bag is the kind that you zip up around the edges, which makes it take a while for me to put it away in between classes. Sometimes you have a teacher that wants to lecture until class is over, and while we have no bell system, I still don't want to be late for the next class.

    I've also given some thought to when I go to college - for the first year at least I'll just have the PB that I buy next summer and probably my Dell laptop for PC-specific stuff. The PB will only be about three years old and the PC just less than five. A year later or so I will probably buy a new PC laptop (unless we can run windows and the associated Engineering apps on x86 Macs) as my Engineering courses become more demanding. I was going to get a desktop, but I feel a laptop is more practical and easier to secure.

    Wow this is long. Good luck!

  5. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
  6. FalcorTheDog thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2005

    Very cool, thanks for the great post. I think I'm going to bring my PC desktop that I just built over Christmas. It flies, and I figure will be good to have in the dorm for any PC-specific things. But I still wanted to be sure I was going to get good use out of my PB, which is why I was wondering. Maybe I'll just practice getting REALLY good and fast in photoshop for those engineering diagrams ;)
  7. polythene pam macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Hi Falcor,

    I got my engineering degree a couple of years ago. At my university, the professor would prepare a binder with all of his notes for the course, for most of the engineering classes. You'd buy the binder at the copy store. Then you'd take this binder to class and take notes on those printouts (which included the hundreds of diagrams and charts that you will be studying endlessly). The professor would have the same notes up on the screen as he lectured. If you type faster than you write, then it might be a good idea to take the computer with you to class. I say try it out for a couple of weeks and then decide.

    Good luck in school!

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