What to use for school, ipad, iphone, or mini laptop????

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    This is my first semester in nursing school and I am trying to help myself as much as possible. I have a laptop at home to type papers but I don't want to drag it all over the place(battery is shot plus its cumbersome). What have you found useful in class and why? Thank you so much!
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    Pen and paper with Drug Guides on phone.
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    My best advice is to go to class prepared...you will be surprised at how many students do NOT do the assigned readings before lecture. The profs assign it on purpose. They cannot cover everything during your class time, so they expect you to read on your own. By reading the text and then going to class, you are reinforcing what you read and you'll be able to ask questions during the lecture, not the following week or whenever you think of it.

    Other than that, hopefully your professors provide powerpoint slides that you can study from and write notes down on. Otherwise, take good notes and then type them up and study from those...that's what I did and I just passed NCLEX with 75 questions.

    Good luck! Nursing is a wonderful profession, and I am so happy that I made this change in career!
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    I actually won a copy of the ATI app for the IPHONE and I LOVE it. It is $20 retail, and its great when you are stuck in traffic, or bored watching tv, during commericals. Also, I used facebook a lot. ATI page posts questions as well as another Nursing Review program that I forget the name. There are drug guides that you can get, I haven't yet, so you don't need to lug the books.

    I don't like to bring my laptop to school because its heavy. And most everything is online, so I can use a desktop in one of the labs.

    Good luck! Hope I was able to help at all.
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    I am starting in the Fall as well so I can't really answer your question, but here is what I am doing. I have an iPad, and iPod touch, and an iMac (yes i'm a huge apple fan haha).

    My iMac will be for typing my papers and doing anything at home. I bought my iPad because I wanted one. I had no intention of using if for school, but now I really think that i can make it work in a classroom. It's great because it is extremely light and portable and the battery lasts all day. So, you don't have to worry about it taking much space or carrying extra power cores around. It's pretty easy to type on (i'm in it right now) but i am thinking of getting a flexible Bluetooth keyboard for school so I can type a little faster. I will probably be using Evernote as my notetaking app if choice because it is amazing! You can take notes in class and because it is a cross platform app I can see everything on my Mac, and iPod touch (also works with PCs, iPhones, blackberry, android phone) I save PowerPoint notes as PDFs and scan all handouts and I can have everything organized and in one place. Plus it's FREE (40mb/month) and there's a paid version with 500mb/month and some more features ($5/month or $45/year) Check out Evernote.com. I bought my iPod touch specifically for nursing school because I heard it is invaluable during clinicals (med calculators, drug references etc). I'm on verizon so an iPhone is not an option (or else I would have one lol) but with the iPod touch I saved money plus I don't have to pay for a data plan.

    I don't know how helpful any of this is, but I guess you can see my plan and if you could do something similar or realize that it won't work for you. Congrats on school and good luck!
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    Let me move this to the mobile computing forum. Good luck in school.
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    I suggest you look at the Livescribe Pulse or Echo smartpen system, http://www.livescribe.com. Best money I ever spent for school. You can find them at Target or Best Buy.
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    I also bought an iPad because I wanted one... I never dreamed it would come in handy at school. I agree with it being super light weight, and my battery lasts days at a time. I'm used to typing on it so I could take notes that way if I wanted too but I learn better by hand writing them. I use the calander on the iPad to put in assignments that are due and what-not. You can set an alarm to remind you to do them, which I find very handy. There are hundreds of medical apps you can get for it as well, so all of the med apps I had on my iPhone I have on my iPad. i would reccomend an iPad, but I don't know if you would be allowed to carry it to clinicals or not, so you may want to go the iTouch route. I am seriously considering purchasing an iTouch to have strictly for clinicals because I don't think we will be allowed to have our phones.
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    i use my iphone all the time, the med calcs, drug guides, pdf docs ive loaded on there are REALLY helpful
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    Quote from caliotter3
    I suggest you look at the Livescribe Pulse or Echo smartpen system, http://www.livescribe.com. Best money I ever spent for school. You can find them at Target or Best Buy.
    FYI - Livescribe is releasing a newer model pen - the Echo. Last night I bought one of the previous models, a 4-gig Pulse, for 1/2 price at Target!


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