Organization, studying, and iPad integration for new student

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    I start my BSN program in about a month and I couldn't be more excited. However, I can't help but feel like I'm not entirely prepared. I'm not known for being the most organized when it comes to school, or anything for that matter. I'm hoping any current students or even veteran nurses can give me some useful tips on how to stay/be organized as well as study tips/tricks/habits that might also benefit me. In order to keep my scholarship I need to maintain a 3.5 or above so it's imperative that I start out with all the tools necessary to be successful. Lastly, I have a brand new iPad that I'd really like to incorporate into my "toolbelt", so to speak, and was hoping some might have great applications or uses they've discovered beneficial. I appreciate any and all support. Thank you in advance.

    RH

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    So I once was really into motorcycles. Do you think I learned to ride on a performance bike? No, I started with a crappy learners bike so I could get the feel down and learn the basics before I bought the bike i really wanted (which was ironicly sexy, silver and responsive just like the iPad). A new skill with advanced tools is not a great combo. It's good that you want to work on your organization and study skills, but since you are unfamiliar with those skills and the iPad is new to you it's best you keep it as a plaything for now.

    For organization, standard planner coupled with being proactive on clutter works wonders.
    On study tips; get rid of distractions. No matter what you think you suck at multitasking, everyone does. You can do many things at once, but your overall performance will suffer (think cell phone conversations and driving...).
    So no TV, no cell phone, no Internet unless need for research.

    Study for 25 minute blocks with a 5 minute break in-between. This maximizes absorption of material (you can use your iPad as the timer if you want...)

    That's just my 2-cents written on my iPhone while on an extended 5 minute break, but now I got to get back to studying (yep I study at 5:43 am, whatever it takes to keep my GPA boring).
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    You may want to check this sub-forum on AN for IOS Apps. There are some good threads about the ones that are liked, hated, etc.

    http://allnurses.com/mobile-computing-nursing/
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    Notes plus ap is a good note taking ap.
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    Rather than making my own post, I'm just going to bump this one since I was wanting to know these same-ish things.

    I'm starting an ABSN program in 2 weeks and I just got an iPad yesterday. I'll have e-textbooks that are compatible with my iPad (full download, then you can search the text/making notes/highlight), so I'll be taking it to class rather than lugging around the physical books. I also want to use it for note taking and organization. I also have a MacBook for the hardcore work, and an Andriod phone for quick references, although I don't anticipate putting a lot of apps on it...I really don't like my phone.

    #1) Note taking
    I've seen Notes Plus recommended quite a bit - has anyone used any of the other notes apps? Notability is the one I'm most interested in, but I'd be interested in the opinion of someone who has used it for school lectures. What about PenUltimate and Note Taker HD? Any experiences?

    #2) Document editing
    And now what about "office-esque" programs for viewing and editing docs (most of my creating will be done on my laptop, I imagine)? Should I go with the Pages/Keynote/Numbers Apple products, or the QuickOffice app?

    #3) Cloud storage
    I've seen a lot of people reference "dropbox" or "Docs2Go" but it seems like the same sort of thing as Google Docs which I like and use - is another program really necessary?

    Any other tips you have for a new iPad user would be great!
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    I would definitely not frown away from the iPad, it can be an amazing tool if used right. Don't let it control you and waste time forcing yourself to use it, but rather use it for what it is great at, and use other tools for what they are great at.

    There are many great tools to use to access information from multiple devices, the ipad being one of them. I'm a big fan of cloud computing!

    A great tool for organized research is: Evernote you can use your same account on multiple devices and easily clip information from websites and organize your notes and clips for easy retrieval from your ipad, computer etc... I think tools like evernote, should be required for students of all ages, it helps you remain focused and organized quite easily.

    I'm also a huge fan of Dropbox, which is so darn genius. You can have all your documents sync'd and/or accessible from multiple devices (including ipad) again with very low learning curve. Always have your stuff when you need it with @Dropbox. 2GB account is free! http://db.tt/0s33aMK

    I'm a huge fan of google docs as well (more of a power user), but it still does not touch dropbox in terms of ease of use and file management, but it is getting much better.

    Both Google docs and dropbox can be integrated into many powerful apps for the ipad, such as GoodReader http://www.goodreader.net/goodreader.html

    As for note taking on an ipad, you will want an external keyboard, either a bluetooth apple keyboard or other. I just dont think that it is really practical to type with speed and percision as easily with the onscreen keyboard. I personally don't have any experience taking notes on the ipad, so I can't speak from experience. However, I have tried forcing myself to use it for data input and have been frustrated. I still go back to my mac for that. Again, use the right tool for the right job. The iPad is not great for everything, but for many things, there is nothing better.

    Ideally, I personally don't see that the ipad will be as great of a tool for taking notes, I still think a smaller notebook, like a macbook air or macbook is far more an input tool. The ipad, in my eyes and experience is a wonderful consumption and reading device, but not a powerhouse workhorse. I would suggest using the ipad as an easy study device, reading device, resource tool.

    There are amazing quiz apps that you can easily enter in flashcard data, and quiz yourself in a very dynamic way, with intelligence helping you optimize your study time, and master your content fast than the old fashioned way IMO
    The one I like and have used on either the iphone or ipad is:
    http://www.iflipr.com/

    There are far less apps developed solely for the ipad than for the iphone, so don't rule out apps for the iphone. Eventually all the great apps will make their way to the ipad versions, but currently you can still use the iphone versions on the ipad.

    I'm a huge believer that taking time to use the right tools before the time you will need them will make you a far more efficient student.

    Hope that helps.
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    my comments in bold below

    Quote from juliaann

    #1) Note taking
    I've seen Notes Plus recommended quite a bit - has anyone used any of the other notes apps? Notability is the one I'm most interested in, but I'd be interested in the opinion of someone who has used it for school lectures. What about PenUltimate and Note Taker HD? Any experiences?

    I'd recommend playing with several top rated note taking apps, they all are good in their own way, and each person's note taking styles will differ. Many of them are quite cheap, test them out personally, and go with which one works best for you. Limiting yourself to just trying one or two, you could be missing one you absolutely love!


    #2) Document editing
    And now what about "office-esque" programs for viewing and editing docs (most of my creating will be done on my laptop, I imagine)? Should I go with the Pages/Keynote/Numbers Apple products, or the QuickOffice app?

    I personally like the iwork suite, and it is very affordable, tons a great video tutorials on how to get up to speed on many of the main functions. However, if you need perfect compatibility of formatting with other Word, Excel, powerpoint files, you will have some minor design issues. But if you don't need to convert files you'd be fine with iwork suite. I've never used Quick office, so I can't comment.

    #3) Cloud storage
    I've seen a lot of people reference "dropbox" or "Docs2Go" but it seems like the same sort of thing as Google Docs which I like and use - is another program really necessary?

    I already commented my preference on Dropbox and google docs, but they are not exact products and they really should not be compared to each other. The only similarity is that they are using cloud storage. Google Docs is a web office suite, Drop box is essentially amazingly simple file management, back up, and cloud storage for redundancy.

    Any other tips you have for a new iPad user would be great!
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    Quote from brian
    my comments in bold below
    Thanks Brian! I appreciate your comments and advice! I'm glad I have a few weeks to try things and get comfortable with my iPad before classes start - I'm really excited about finding ways to make it into a functional tool for nursing school. Time for some trial and error!
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    I give a thumbs up to note taker hd. It takes a little to get used to but I like it. Man I wish my textbooks were on the iPad.

    My advice take the time to read the chapters and take notes on what you read. I try to but the information into my own words.

    But what nursing school comes down to is critical thinking and no app, gadget or instrument is going to help you with that.


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