What do you use for note-taking? (technology-wise)
- 0Feb 23, '13 by allycat77Hello, I am finding in my final pre-reqs (pharmacology for example) that the instructors largely lecture off of PowerPoints. So far I have been using my tablet (a hacked HP touch pad not optimized for android, but working none the less, but kind of killing the battery.) I use an app, EZPdf Reader to annotate the PPs as PDFs.
It's OK. I am wondering if there is anything else out there that you find to work better? I plan on getting either an iPad Mini or a new Samsung Note 8.0 (coming out soon.) I am not the fastest typist, so I like being able to just scribble my notes in my own handwriting. so I guess my questions are:
- Do you or classmates use a tablet for note taking?
- Are the bulk of your lectures taught with PPs?
- Are there any apps or tablets that you might recommend?
- What do you take notes with while at clinical?
Thanks!Last edit by Joe V on Feb 25, '13 : Reason: spacing
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- 0Feb 23, '13 by Miiki SNI use a laptop.
I love Evernote. I have a 'note' for each topic and I can stick powerpoints, word docs, and PDFs in there for easy viewing when I'm reviewing. I'm attaching a image so that you can get a good visual.
This is a part of a Pharmacology note. Notice that the instructor's power point is at the beginning of that chapter's notes.
- 0Feb 23, '13 by Miiki SNMy class is required to have laptops in class so it limited my options.
If you have a Mac, Preview actually annotates PDFs pretty easily by clicking on the pencil button on the top bar. Not full-featured, but works well enough without installing anything on your computer.
Our instructors do not use Powerpoints in class, but may post some online before class. (They facilitate group work. Lots of it. You come to class with at least a basic understanding, and they help you 'put it together.')Last edit by Miiki SN on Feb 24, '13
- 0Feb 24, '13 by allycat77Hi Miiki,
I do have a Mac, and love that I can easily convert PPs to PDFs using the print function. So quick! My problem is I like to have the slides integrated into what I am studying, and being able to write directly on them. It can get overwhelming having various books out, plus computer out for PPs, plus handwritten notes to link it all together. I am a visual learner and tend to remember images, so having my notes "right there" helps me.
Good to hear that you don't use PPs in class. My Pharm instructor uses them exclusively (and our book is really only supplemental for the little bit she doesn't cover.) I'm just a slow typist and would feel really bad if my laptop got swiped!
- 0Feb 24, '13 by besaangelI use an iPad with a few apps: Docstogo (like Micro office and can edit PPs or add notes to them), studyblue (file sharing from past students), iHomework (for assignment/class schedule), cloudOn (to backup/store docs in case) and more recently, I got the Dragon dictation to be able to easily add notes without typing (flows more easily to me)
I just despise writing because after a page, my hands a aching and the teacher aint gonna stop talking for me to rest for a minute.