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Taking Notes -- Laptop or Pen & Paper?


#1 ATK   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   108 Posts   Joined 5.6 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:48 PM

Do you take notes using a laptop or the old fashioned way, Pen and Paper? Whether it be for high school, college, or work. What do you use to talk notes? What about for math/science classes that require bucket loads of diagrams? Tablet?

Personally, as being in high school still, I use the good ol' fashioned Pen and Paper.

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#2 keithp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5544 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:54 PM

Get a small audio recorder, tape the teacher...playback later...transcribe to a notebook if you want...

There are some great small recorders that'll digitally record to flash memory.

#3 RAMSTORIA   fate is inexorable CAGiversary!   11980 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:09 PM

i used pen and paper all through college. main reason, laptop is too distracting. i rarely brought a laptop on campus.

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#4 cRodz   Lead Chimp Ass CAGiversary!   2366 Posts   Joined 5.5 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:09 PM

i think pen and paper is more efficient.

You can always "draw" different patterns and write your notes.
you know, like you have more "freedom" and you choose how to write, etc.

The laptop doesnt bring that freedom. you take word out and start typing and hope for the best.

i dont see myself taking notes on a a laptop. ever.
i would probably bring one and show off but that is about it.

Pen n Paper ftw.

#5 DT778   number 1 on the westside CAGiversary!   10454 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:10 PM

Pen and paper.

Audio recorders are useless. Why would you want to listen to the same boring lecture twice? Besides if something important was said then you should have written it down the first time.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:15 PM

I used both. I would keep a small notebook out to draw the diagrams in and label them with a letter and have the letter be referenced in the notes on my laptop so I would know exactly what the diagram went to.

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#7 mission42   To start, press any key CAGiversary!   1561 Posts   Joined 6.4 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:21 PM

I used both but for different classes. Math/Physics/Geometry based classes I used Pen & Paper for diagrams, tables, etc. However, after my first 2 years in college I became a history major and then had to use a laptop to keep up with all the notes as the teachers sped along faster than I could shorthand the notes.

#8 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:22 PM

Graph paper (the light green kind), exclusively.

#9 ATK   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   108 Posts   Joined 5.6 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:26 PM

I used both. I would keep a small notebook out to draw the diagrams in and label them with a letter and have the letter be referenced in the notes on my laptop so I would know exactly what the diagram went to.



That sounds the most appealing. I can type really quickly and I am so OCD when I hand write notes they must be perfect or I'd stop paying attention.

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#10 cRodz   Lead Chimp Ass CAGiversary!   2366 Posts   Joined 5.5 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:37 PM

notes arent supposed to be perfect.

you are doing it wrong, obviously.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:38 PM

I'm a pen and paper guy. Never got into lugging a laptop or netbook around to take notes, be it in classes before or meetings and other work related stuff now.

Too much hassle, and you end up often taking too many notes and type up most everything you hear rather than focusing on the important stuff.

Only way I'd go to electronic notes is once we get some tablet devices that you can write with a stylus really quickly and easily in, that felt a lot like writing on paper, had long battery life etc. As then it would a similar experience, but have the advantage of having them electronically to e-mail yourself, and keep in multiple locations etc.

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#12 lokizz   Go $$$$ Yourself CAGiversary!   10104 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:41 PM

Get a small audio recorder, tape the teacher...playback later...transcribe to a notebook if you want...

There are some great small recorders that'll digitally record to flash memory.


agreed. tape recorders are the best also find people in each class you can borrow/ share notes with.

#13 gareman   www.oneyearintexas.com CAGiversary!   1430 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:42 PM

I love me some pen and paper note taking

or typewriter



#14 cRodz   Lead Chimp Ass CAGiversary!   2366 Posts   Joined 5.5 Years Ago  

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:56 PM

I love me some pen and paper note taking

or typewriter


damn that guy is just awesome... :roll:

#15 Z_meista   The Paragon CAGiversary!   946 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:14 AM

pen and paper is the way to go

#16 kainzero   scv good to go sir CAGiversary!   3930 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:14 AM

pen and paper
i don't like being restricted to qwerty

also i hardly ever review my notes anyway, i just write it down 'cause it helps me remember things

never was a fan of the taping thing. i am also not a fan of powerpoint presentations in math/physics/engineering classes.
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#17 keithp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5544 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:26 AM

Audio recorders are useless. Why would you want to listen to the same boring lecture twice? Besides if something important was said then you should have written it down the first time.


Maybe so that the information you're supposed to be learning has a SECOND CHANCE TO SINK IN?

I'm an audio guy, so it's easier for me to remember stuff the professor says. If you're visual then, sure, go ahead and wear out your hand taking notes. (Of course, formulas and all that you pretty much have to write anyway though.)

#18 gareman   www.oneyearintexas.com CAGiversary!   1430 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:35 AM

damn that guy is just awesome... :roll:


I thought it was pretty funny especially if he was trying to make a point about how annoying computer key clicking is during class.

But yea pen and paper just because my notes end up looking like a goddamn treasure map with all the Xs arrows and circles.

#19 Koggit   almost sorry CAGiversary!   3886 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:47 AM

Graph paper (the light green kind), exclusively.


do you really love lint green graph paper enough to go online and tell the world about how great it is when the nobody was even talking about types of paper? like seriously that's your thing, is lint green graph paper? i'm just trying to make sense of this comment, i'm just deciphering the meaning, help me out

#20 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:08 AM

It's graph paper, which is distinct from paper; this thread is asking what you take notes on. I don't know how that's not clear.

#21 naiku   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ CAGiversary!   1539 Posts   Joined 7.3 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:22 AM

I use those cheap composition notebooks and a mech. pencil. No way I could sit there and keep up taking notes in a DiffEq class or in Thermodynamics with a laptop. way to many greek letters, diagrams and equations for a laptop imo. I wouldn't want to switch to a tablet or a pc tbh. I tend to use highlighters to mark up my text which makes studying easy.

Maybe in a history class...but definitely dont see it useful in Maths or Sciences.

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#22 Koggit   almost sorry CAGiversary!   3886 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:30 AM

It's graph paper, which is distinct from paper; this thread is asking what you take notes on. I don't know how that's not clear.


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#23 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:42 AM

Are you drunk?

#24 DT778   number 1 on the westside CAGiversary!   10454 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:48 AM

Maybe so that the information you're supposed to be learning has a SECOND CHANCE TO SINK IN?

I'm an audio guy, so it's easier for me to remember stuff the professor says. If you're visual then, sure, go ahead and wear out your hand taking notes. (Of course, formulas and all that you pretty much have to write anyway though.)

That only happens to the people that write down everything the professor is saying instead of taking proper notes.

How do you go about listening to the recorded lecture? Do you go home and listen to it right away? Listen to all of them at the end of the week or before a test? I'm not trying to shit on you, just curious how people use this method.

#25 ananag112   CAGS FOR COCO! CAGiversary!   4294 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 02:28 AM

Graph paper (the light green kind)


I use that for some classes. Mostly I just use regular lined paper though. And, I always write with pencil.
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#26 keithp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5544 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 02:46 AM

That only happens to the people that write down everything the professor is saying instead of taking proper notes.

How do you go about listening to the recorded lecture? Do you go home and listen to it right away? Listen to all of them at the end of the week or before a test? I'm not trying to shit on you, just curious how people use this method.


As close to right away as possible, and then right before a test. I've heard if you imprint the information again within several hours of learning it the first time, it has a much higher rate of staying with you. I guess it's kind of like where they tell you as soon as you're introduced to someone to make sure that you repeat their name the first chance you get, and you'll have a much better chance of remembering it.

#27 naes   Yoshi! CAGiversary!   4340 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 03:20 AM

Are you drunk?

He's probably high. I remember him making a post a while ago and admitted to being high while typing it.

I love me some pen and paper note taking

or typewriter

I lol'd really hard. He's in a CS 1301.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 06:54 AM

I only take notes in history class, and that's on my Macbook. But lately, I've been kind of interested in one of those electronic notepads. I don't think I would use it much, but they're cool. :D

#29 Koggit   almost sorry CAGiversary!   3886 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 07:11 AM

Are you drunk?

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#30 VipFREAK   Fun Knee! CAGiversary!   9411 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 12 February 2010 - 07:18 AM

I can do pen and paper on my Thinkpad x61t laptop.

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