This is the age of high technology, some students prefer to take notes or transfer their notes onto their computers. Nowadays is very common to see students bringing their laptops to class while others take notes the old fashioned way. But if you are one of those modern students out there and you wish to use your laptop for note taking, use the following tips:
Always make sure that your professor allows you to bring your laptop to class. While this may be the age if high technology not all professors allow their students to bring their laptop to class unless is computer subject related.
Using your laptop for note taking is no different than taking notes by hand. You still need to sit where you can see and hear the professor.
If you can’t type fast, never consider taking notes using your laptop this can be a very bad idea, and you could miss important information that was giving to you during the lecture.
Be respectful of other students, tapping on the keyboard can disturb others’ concentration and it could annoy your professor as well.
Set your tabs before you begin. You can set them to use an outline format.
Don’t mind the grammar or spelling. You can run the grammar and spelling after class while cleaning up your notes.
Always make sure that you save your notes.
Always print your notes after each entry. It can be catastrophic if all of your notes are on one hard drive and the computer crashes or if your laptop is lost.
After you have printed your notes, use a three-hole punch and place your notes in a three ring binder and arrange your computer notes as you wish.
Out of Class:
If you are going to type your notes into your computer, do it right after class. Did you know that the information obtained in class needs to be fresh in your mind? Try to organize your notes within 24 hours and you will see an improvement in your memory.
Combine your textbook notes and lecture notes. This will help you connect your notes and the information of your lectures.