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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

One of the first things you’ll figure out in college is that note-taking, particularly for your larger lecture hall classes, is a skill that you need to acquire quickly, and you need to be good at it.

You can get your notes down in the old-fashioned way, pen and paper has worked for hundreds of years for a reason. There are benefits to both methods, pen and paper or typing it on your laptop or pad-device. 

When you hand-write your notes you’re more likely to remember what you’ve written in the long-term, but sometimes you can’t write as fast as you can when you type. And for that pesky biology class you need to get down a ton of information. 

Taking notes on your laptop is the best way to do it when you’re looking to get a lot of information down at once. And when you go to college and sit in a lecture hall you’ll notice that most students are taking notes with their laptops. It’s just how things are done nowadays.

But how do you take these kinds of notes? Especially if you’ve never done it before. Not to worry, we have several techniques and suggestions that will keep you on track. 

An easy way for you to get comfortable on your bed, and take notes at the same time. 

A cushioned laptop desk 

Sometimes you just don’t want to make the move to your desk to take notes. And you’re not always going to be in your lecture hall, or study space, or library with a hard surface to set your computer on! 

So what do you do when you’re sitting in a chair or more likely, on your bed in your dorm when you need to properly study? You can slouch, and prop your laptop up on your legs, but that position can’t be comfortable for long. The solution is to get a cushioned laptop desk!

For those that don’t know what a laptop desk is, it’s basically a small cushion, with a flat wooden or plastic top on it that’s made for your laptop and your study tools to sit on when you’re not at a physical desk.

All you have to do is place it in your lap and get to work. It can pretty much hold anything that you don’t want to rest on the bed. A drink, a notepad, a bowl of snacks. Keeping the risk of spillage low, so you don’t have to stress. OCM has a cushioned laptop desk option for you if you’d like. 

The perfect tool to keep everything neat and organized. 

An organizing tray for note-taking supplements

Just because you’ll be taking notes on your laptop doesn’t mean that you won’t have other things you need to have for note-taking. 

One, you can take notes with pen and paper as well. Doing both, and switching the methods out as needed is a good option for flexibility. 

Two, if you’re going to be utilizing written notes as well you’re probably going to be using a couple of different writing implements to organize your notes. Pens, colored pens, highlighters, maybe even some white-out.

A great way to sort these things, and keep them in one convenient place in your dorm is with an organizing tray. They’re cute personalized plastic trays that keep all your knickknacks and tools in one place so you don’t forget them. And OCM has a bunch of options to choose from that will suit your individual style. 

Slow down, take a breath, and focus on writing what’s important. 

You don’t have to get everything down at once

This is more of a general rule for note-taking, but it’s a good one to remember when you’re typing away at your laptop as well.

A lot of freshmen are overwhelmed when they first step into a two hundred-person lecture hall. Your professor is standing at the front of the room with a giant whiteboard or a projector and most of the time they’re not going to slow down for you if you ask during their presentation. 

So, understandably, you move to frantically write down as many notes as possible that you see presented as you can. And as a result, your notes are disorganized, frantic, and you’re not engaging with the content.

Try this instead. Write down the important topics. The main groupings of the lecture and note down the facts presented that seem interesting to you. If you’re in a STEM class get those formulas down, as well as the answers.

Don’t focus on getting every single historical tidbit. You don’t need to have every anecdote written down. You can probably get these kinds of things from the textbook, or if you’re lucky your professor will post their slides online. Just try not to stress, and focus on listening instead. 

Drop the hassle of carrying around your textbook, for a digital version. 

Have a digital copy of your textbook to reference

There’s nothing more cumbersome than having to lug around your already hefty laptop in your bag, along with one or two of the required textbooks for class. Hefting these things around to the library or study space is a hassle and one you don’t have to suffer through.

When taking notes on your laptop try to find an accompanying digital version of your textbook or reading book to go along with your notes. 

If you need to reference your book while writing notes on your laptop it can be easier just to switch out of your tab and onto the digital version. Rather than carrying around a bunch of books everywhere you go.

Some digital accompaniments will even allow you to highlight and mark them up. Your university library might have a digital copy available to you for free, so make sure to check with their website. 

Lockdown your browser

This is one of the major drawbacks of taking notes with a laptop. It is all too easy, and too tempting to get distracted by stuff that isn’t the work you’re supposed to be doing.

Listen, everyone’s done it. Wandered away from your google doc with your lecture notes to do some perusing on Amazon, or take a sneak peek at what’s currently blowing up on Twitter. The temptation is completely understandable, note-taking isn’t exactly a riveting pastime.

To limit this meandering around on the web during your note-taking time you should install an application into your browser, google chrome has plenty for free, that will lock down your tab for a certain amount of time.

You can’t leave, you can’t click, you can’t do anything but stay in the current tab you’ve locked yourself in. It’ll be frustrating the first few times you do it, but after a while, you’ll get used to it. And productivity will go up.

Just make sure that you keep your phone out of arm's reach. It’s just tempting. 

Organize your classes into digital folders

Now that you’ve gotten the hang of getting all your notes on into one handy-dandy document, where exactly are you going to be putting them?

Don’t be one of those people that creates a doc, fills it to the brim with important notes, and then leaves it to flail in the void of your laptop’s “documents” tab. You’ll never find all the stuff you need that way, especially after the semester has flown by and you have dozens of “untitled” documents you can’t even begin to sort out.

Make sure that when you’re organizing your notes, you do it as soon as the class begins in the semester. Make a folder for each of your classes. Like BIO 101, STATS 101, WRITING 101, and so on. 

Within these folders make subfolders, one for all the notes you're taking. One for the syllabus and any other documents that your professor or TA might hand out to you digitally.

Make another folder as well for any assignments you’ll be doing for the class. This especially helps for writing-intensive classes like English or history, where you’ll be writing a lot of journal responses and essays. 

Use handwritten and digital notes together

You don’t have to limit yourself to one style of note-taking. There are multiple kinds of mediums for a reason. And each will serve you differently depending on how you use it and what class you use it for.

Writing notes on your laptop or electronic device is good for getting things down quickly without having to worry about the legibility of your notes. Just type, type, type away, and most likely autocorrect will pick up on any of your mistakes. 

Writing your notes though is good for creating quick visual aides like flow charts or diagrams when you can’t do so on your laptop. For some people writing notes down on paper also just helps them remember the content better. 

A good way to go about this is to try both, and see which one is best for what class you're taking. You can switch off on some days too. One-day laptop, one-day notebook. Or if you have an iPad or similar device try writing your notes on there with an electronic pen.

By taking notes on your laptop the goal is to make your life easier when it comes to studying. But it also shouldn’t stress you out. In college, you’re bound to have a mid-semester panic now and then, but it shouldn’t be notes that you’re stressing over.

By implementing one or more of these techniques into your daily lifestyle, note-taking should be the last thing worrying you. Instead, it should serve as a tool for your success in your college education.