What do you use to take class notes?

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  1. naturallight macrumors member

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    For those of you who are in school, what program do you use to take notes in class?

    In searching the other posts, I've found some Mac note-taking programs, but it seems most of these are either souped up stickies or some sort of cataloguer intended for serious academic research.

    I'm using MS OneNote now, and I like it because it's basically a word processor with extra flexibility in the page layout (ie multiple text boxes). Also, through the sections, folders, pages, and subpages, there's a lot of flexibility in how I can organize everything. And since all my notes are one place, it's easy to search and navigate, and I only have to worry about one document.

    I really want to switch over to a Mac, but unless I can find a good OneNote substitute, I don't think I will.

    Thanks!
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    I use Apple's own Pages.

    If I need to do something more complex I use NeoOffice but it very rarely happens :)
     
  3. USCtrojan08 macrumors newbie

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    I us MS office's note template. Its handy, keeps things organized, and has a built in recording feature that keeps pace with your notes.
     
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    You might check out something like this...I'm sure there are a number of similar programs out too, but this is the first one I came across. Anyone here that's actually used Schoolhouse or a similar app?
     
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    I just use NeoOffice really. It does the job well enough.
     
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    when I was in college

    I used a tape recorder and a notepad! oh and a pen! but mostly a tape recorder!:D
     
  10. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I've finally started using the Word notes thingie. I used to use the pen and paper method, but some of my classes involve large amounts of info being thrown up on screen in rapid succession, and I type quicker than I write.
     
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    I tried it...it's alright. A tad too many features I don't really plan to use.
     
  13. grockk macrumors 6502

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    a number of people who have tried both prefer the note taking side of Word 2004 to OneNote.

    More than a fair alternative and its built right into Word from the get go. They make us pay in the Windows world...
     
  14. BayAreaMacFan macrumors member

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    Is there any note-taking app that simulates lined paper? I could have sworn that I've seen something like that.
     
  15. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I use OmniOutliner to do my note-taking. It works a treat.
     
  16. mattportner macrumors member

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    Yeah, there is a lined paper layout in Microsoft Word for Mac.
    It's pretty rad...a lot of people use that.
     
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    Pen and paper. I prefer the Pilot G-2 07, but cheapo Bics are good too.

    Seriously ... I find that if I've got my laptop open while I'm in class, I'm trying to do more than just take notes ... and it hurts my ability to concentrate.
     
  19. naturallight thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, can you describe this "note taking side" a little more? Is it separate program or template within Word 2004 the program, or is it just taking notes in the word processor?

    Thanks for all of the good responses. This forum is really good.
     
  20. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    Pencil and paper here. I tried OneNote on my Windows laptop and found it too inefficient. I write notes in the margins, at odd angles, use stars and circle phrases to highlight important points, draw arrows to connect related thoughts, and all kinds of chaotic looking chicken scratching. If I'm still having trouble with something a week or so before mid-term exams, I'll open up Word and type up my notes in an outline format. If I need more help I use Powerpoint to make slides to use like flash cards. I may make the move to Pages and Keynote this quarter, though.
     
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    I use this every day in AP english. Great for just about everything.
     
  23. Nall macrumors regular

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    If you're set on something digital, OmniOutliner is quite good.
     
  24. juanster macrumors 68020

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    microsoft word for mac has it..works great too
     
  25. ghall macrumors 68040

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    I use TextEdit.
    Comes on every Mac, and, in my opinion, is greatly underestimated. It's a fine little App.
     

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