Binder or notebooks? - page 3

I'm just curious what everyone seems to prefer.... Read More

  1. by   onlyfaith
    For me, it all depends on the professor's teaching style. I love PPT slides that I can just print out and add my own notes. When a professor already has notes that I can download and print out, I find no use for a notebook.
  2. by   coolpeach
    For the major science classes I always used a big binder with dividers. This way I could put my lab manual inside, and always have it with me. I had a section for graded work, handouts, and of course notes. I kept fresh notebook paper in the front for taking notes, but always rewrote them when I got home (thats why a spiral wouldn't work well). I found this worked great as everything always stayed together in one place, and I never lost or forgot anything.
  3. by   serendipity123
    I just graduated HS in Spring, but I've found in my experience that it depends on the class. I bought several of both that I will try out to see which works better in each class. I've heard that some classes (mainly labs) require notebooks, but I guess I will have to see!
  4. by   kasia2
    Definitely both, I like binders and traditional notebooks, I just can't imagine writing down my notes on loose leaf paper so for writing notes I use regular 5-subjects notebook, I just remove the subject dividers so I can have a thick notebook for one class, and not use 5 seperate notebooks for one class, but yeah definitely notebook fan.
  5. by   3rdgenRN2B
    I like a big binder...oh and I love those clear plastic page protectors for handouts. I'm a lefty so for me, writing in a spiral notebooks has always been a bit of a challenge. I like to scribble my notes on looseleaf and then re-write them when I get home. I find it helps to re-enforce the material. However, I really like the idea of typing my notes as well, i may have to try that.
  6. by   masstudent
    Quote from 3rdgenRN2B
    I like a big binder...oh and I love those clear plastic page protectors for handouts. I'm a lefty so for me, writing in a spiral notebooks has always been a bit of a challenge. I like to scribble my notes on looseleaf and then re-write them when I get home. I find it helps to re-enforce the material. However, I really like the idea of typing my notes as well, i may have to try that.
    From one lefty to another, have you ever found the notebooks that are made specifically for lefties? I have never used one since I have gotten so used to the spiral binding being on the left hand side. These "special" notebooks are also more expensive. There used to be a store called the Lefty Store in Boston but I believe it has gone out of business. You might also try flipping to the back of a spiral bound notepad and start writing from the back toward the front so the spiral is on the right hand side.
  7. by   Pneumothorax
    i like 3 ring binders myself. i like being able to 3hole punch & put notes/handouts/test back in chronological order if i get something back. with a spiral i cant do that

    -ill use a spiral notebook if its just one simple class, but for many the 3 ring wins!!
  8. by   CT Pixie
    A 3 ring binder works best for me. I put a "page protector" in the front where I put the syllibus, then a divider to seperate, and then I put a nice big pocket type folder, but its not like the folders w/pockets, its like an envelope type thing that expands and has 3 holes in it so I can put it in my binder.

    I keep a lot of loose leaf notepaper in the binder. I hate notebooks.
  9. by   goldenngrrl
    I have always been anti-binder until I got to A&P. I used to hate carrying them around and I preferred my notebooks much more, but once I got to A&P there were just too many notes and handouts that I broke down and bought a binder this weekend (which I still haven't filled with all my stuff yet )
  10. by   jla623
    I carry a notebook and I stuff it with random loose papers, but I wouldn't recommend that.
  11. by   RNMom2010
    I use binders with tabs to divide chapters or to mark really important information. I will stick a thin notebook (with the holes) in my binder so I can take it out and take my notes during class, then I organize everything into the binder.
  12. by   dkweaver
    Hi everyone this is the dilema that I am facing. Our Nursing 1101 is basical listed as one class. We have a total 7 books (not including study guides and reference books).

    We have a total of 6 tests for the entire semester. I am kinda stumped on what to do with my binders. So far gotten two (one for handouts and one for notes) but I am thinking about making each binder for three tests each and dividing it up into notes, handouts and lab info.

    I am very anal about my binders but I am stumped on what to do.
  13. by   WantAccel.BSN
    When I was in school for my BA, I had a small folder and a notebook for each class (the folder was for handouts). I would date the handouts and make reference to them in my notebook (in my class notes for that day). I also made notes in my textbooks (underlining and margin notes), which I did exclusively in pencil so that I could erase and re-sell the books. I did really well in school, and it seemed to work well for me. However, I really think you have to find your own style--no one size fits all.

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