Taking notes on a laptop? - page 4

I have a laptop available to me while I'm in school and wondered if anyone else uses a laptop in class to take notes on?? Is this something that is helpful? I can type about 70 wpm, so keeping up... Read More

  1. by   ChadleyNC
    I got my laptop rior to the start of my first semester and I love it. My keyboard is a quiet one and I type a lot faster than I write. I also have a lot of difficulty writing abbreviations out to save time when I am writing and then forgetting what they mean later on.

    Our program is set up so that our instructors place their notes in outline form on the web for printout. I download these and add to them during my reading and then moreso during the lecture. I rarely rewrite my notes, but I am a visual learner who doesn't have to write things a hundred times to remember them.

    It's also helpful to have mass storage for things like clinical paperwork forms, Nurse Practice Acts and the course syllabus and handbooks etc. I utilize the disks from our textbooks for NCLEX style test questions as a study guide for my tests, and these are also available online.

    So yeah, in my opinion it's helpful.
  2. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Laptops never annoyed me to be around them, but personally, I felt self-conscious clickety clacking on mine so quickly opted not to. Maybe it was just my noisy machine, not the tiniest lightest model...funny how I never heard anyone else's clacking...But you also might have classes like ours, where we were often given handouts that we wrote all over- which may the laptop not as practical. My suggestion if you are used to using one and would like to: get there early and sit either way in the back (last seat over to the side) or way in the front (and also over to the side) . Also, you may find that they are just too much to lug around along with texts and the inevitable binder for handouts. Personally, I LOVED my little Palm PDA. Didn't put notes in it in class, but it had my Tabers (for quick looking up of terms that instructor used, and Meds) and calculator and calendar/pop-up reminders. Really couldn't imagine school without it! (Even had Documents-To-Go where I transferred and carried notes from home)
  3. by   SA2BDOCTOR
    I think you should just takes your hand notes and your revision will come as typing it back into your laptop.

    Also get a good tape recorder that you can listen to via ear piece whenever and wherever.
  4. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from SA2BDOCTOR
    I think you should just takes your hand notes and your revision will come as typing it back into your laptop.

    Also get a good tape recorder that you can listen to via ear piece whenever and wherever.
    Part a - I found I never had time to revise notes - I just needed to be able to study them.

    Part b - definately!
  5. by   SchiwartRN
    Thanks for all of the suggestions and experiences, ya'll. I've decided to just do it the old fashioned way and take the notes by hand. My theory binder is set up by unit so I can put my objectives, handouts, and notes all together and it keeps me organized.

    Re: taping the lectures...they don't allow us to tape the lectures in the nursing school...so that's not an option..I could however, read my own notes into a recorder and play that back....we'll see, I'm not a huge auditory learner.

    After making the decision to not use the laptop, it started acting funny anyway, so I'm glad I made that decision...I'd hate to have lost all my notes.

    Week 1 over today....I think I know more about "all them dead nurses" than I ever care to know. (that expression came from one of the sophomore class members when describing the first test)
  6. by   ak127
    Quote from LivingMyDream
    Re: taping the lectures...they don't allow us to tape the lectures in the nursing school...so that's not an option..
    Wow, as a schoolwide policy? That's wierd, and unfortunate
  7. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Quote from LivingMyDream
    Thanks for all of the suggestions and experiences, ya'll. I've decided to just do it the old fashioned way and take the notes by hand. My theory binder is set up by unit so I can put my objectives, handouts, and notes all together and it keeps me organized.

    Re: taping the lectures...they don't allow us to tape the lectures in the nursing school...so that's not an option..I could however, read my own notes into a recorder and play that back....we'll see, I'm not a huge auditory learner...
    I also find it weird that you can't record lectures at your nursing school. Just curious, ever ask why? I never did find that helpful however, just because I barely had time to listen to them the first time, never mind hearing them over again. I think I tried it for a few lectures, then realized I'd never be listening to my taped lectures- no time!
  8. by   Josh L.Ac.
    Quote from RebeccaOne
    I also find it weird that you can't record lectures at your nursing school. Just curious, ever ask why? I never did find that helpful however, just because I barely had time to listen to them the first time, never mind hearing them over again. I think I tried it for a few lectures, then realized I'd never be listening to my taped lectures- no time!

    All it takes is for a student with a learning disability to suggest that they need the lectures recordered and VIOLA! That happened at my acupuncture school, and once lectures were being recorded for a disabled student, they had to allow all students to record lectures.




    Or maybe that just worked there. If it means that much to you, I'd look into it.



    It might seem like an end-run around the instructors, but they have to realize that you pay their salaries and it is in their best interest to facilate your learning.
  9. by   ak127
    I would never have time to sit and listen to entire lectures, but I use Microsoft OneNote, which sychs the audio recording to the notes I am making on my laptop. I click the text, and the recording plays from that point so it allows you just to listen to the parts you need to clarify.
  10. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from amytheodd
    I would never have time to sit and listen to entire lectures, but I use Microsoft OneNote, which sychs the audio recording to the notes I am making on my laptop. I click the text, and the recording plays from that point so it allows you just to listen to the parts you need to clarify.
    OOOOOO!!!!! Explain more about that please!!! I have OneNote - I just never took the time to really figure it out.
  11. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    'Amytheodd' : just really curious now...can you please explain more about how Microsoft OneNote works? Do you need a special recorder? Obviously you need the OneNote software program...
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
  13. by   sweetiehrt7985
    I've thought about the laptop option, but I think it would be irritating to others in the class. That and with my luck with computers, it would freeze up or something and I would be in a bind.

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