Guide to the Modern Classroom: Part 2

Learning: Use Tech to Take Better Notes

Notebook

The Calendar, coupled with cloud-storage have hopefully helped a great deal with organization. Now, you find yourself in class, ready to start taking notes. This blog will detail which word processor is ideal for the modern classroom, we’ll even go over some best practices when taking notes. Material pertaining to a class (lecture slides, graphs, etc.) are best stored in the cloud services mentioned in Part 1. However, what about the actual note taking? Which software works best when it comes to effectively writing down what’s being taught without actually losing focus.

This is where the Omega Notes Notebook comes into play. The Omega Notes Notebook is free to use for anyone with an Omega Notes Account (Also Free!). The Notebook stands out because it was made specifically for taking notes on your laptop during a lecture.

Why does it work?

  • Each note that you take can be neatly organized by class or section.
  • A split screen view makes sure that your previous notes are still partially in view. Thus, allowing easy access in case your professor asks you to recall something he/she previously mentioned.
  • The Notebook allows you to create class-specific flashcards which makes exam-prep a lot more efficient.

How should I use the Notebook?

  • Login to Omega Notes and open the Notebook. Before the lecture starts, enter in the course name (You don’t have to worry about the date).
  • If it’s your first time with the notebook, be sure to familiarize yourself with all the writing tools at your disposal.
  • Focus on the lecture. Note-taking should never come at the expense of understanding the material that is being taught.
  • At the end of class, go to your calendar and make a note of the topics covered in class today.

It’s important to understand that the sole purpose of the Notebook is to help students. Many other word processors have features that students simply do not use. These excess features may slow down your laptop and make the note-taking experience more cumbersome.

Create an account on Omega Notes today and start taking quality notes!

Guide to the Modern Classroom: Part 1

Organization: The First Step to Better Learning

For most college students, the prospect of taking detailed notes in class can be daunting. We don’t blame them. During most lectures, professors tend to cover multiple texts and sources, making it difficult to figure out which bits of the lecture are more important than others. It’s very common for students to simply copy everything on the whiteboard without really focusing on the lecture and trying to develop the intuition behind what is being discussed.

Luckily, more and more professors are permitting the use of technology during class. We’ll discuss some ways through which students can take high-quality notes while at the same time develop an understanding of what’s being taught. Let’s start with Organization.

Calendar

The Calendar

Using the calendar app should be the first step for most students. It can often become too cumbersome to open the syllabus everytime you need to look at which topics were covered in class on a specific day. Towards the end of each lecture, just go to the calendar on your laptop or phone and note down the topics covered in class. Doing so would be immensely helpful when you’re preparing for an exam. In fact, using the calendar in this way will even allow you to better organize all the notes you take.

Studying

The Cloud

Be it Google Drive, iCloud or OneDrive, the cloud is the way to go when it comes to storing your notes. All three services are available on your phone, laptop and can even be accessed using a public computer. Files stored on the cloud can even be shared directly from the app, students no longer have to rely on E-mail or USD sharing. Students may create separate folders for each class that they’re taking. All material created during class will go into that class’s respective folder – making organization speedy and efficient. Towards the end of the semester, you’ll be able to sort all the material in each folder by date. This alongside the calendar will allow you to know exactly what was covered on any specific day or week.

Part 2 of this blog will be posted soon. Stay tuned.