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Wednesday, November 02, 2005


One of my most interesting classes this semester is in political science. The only negative aspect of the course is my professor's speed lecturing. She's great at giving us info, just not great enough to slow it down a bit. Shorthand 101 should be a prereq for her class imo.
I've actually started writing my notes in internet abbreviations (ie: ppl for people) since I doubt I'd be able to understand it any other way. See? l33t sp33k does come in handy out in the real world. :)

I suspect her lecture style stems from the fact that she's a professor at a nearby law school and is used to teaching students who take notes via laptop. Typing would definitely be faster, and when she goes off on a tangent, it would be so much easier to keep my notes on track instead of drawing arrows and whatnot all over the place.
This class she's teaching is filled with a bunch of clueless undergrads, only one of whom is a polisci major, and none of whom travel with a laptop.

How does one take lecture notes sprinkled liberally with whiteboard diagrams on a laptop anyway? Kurticus mentioned something about a tablet, but how would that work exactly? Fold down the screen, whip out a stylus, and... where does the diagram go within the notes?
Yes, yes, I realize I'm a laptop-less newb. Take pity.
posted by hilary at 9:41 AM |


Blogger Pete said...

I've got two angles on this on...

a) Law Student - it could well be that she lectures at speed becuse she lectures in the law school, but the pace here has little to do with the presence of laptops... instead it's really that the point isn't to take a transcript of the class (some do anyway) it's about listening to what's said, understanding it, and condensing it down to the important rule or philosophy... either way it doesn't translate well into an lecture class.

b) I own a tablet -- this could work two ways for you... if you get a "convertible" (half tablet, half laptop) then you could easly flip the screen around and whip out the stylus. As far as where they go, there are programs out there (Microsoft OneNote is what I use) that let you draw right on the notes. Microsoft office allows annotation in "ink", to, which might work well.


11/02/2005 11:12 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

Hey, thanks for linking to me! Nice blog :)

Learning how to take speed-notes was the best skill I've learned so far, I got a job as a scribe for a guy in my department with weak hands and now my notes are impeccable.

And I dont know how I live without my laptop, life improved significantly when I bought one.

11/02/2005 4:12 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

oh, and let me know how you found my blog, I'm curious :)

11/03/2005 11:11 AM  
Anonymous suzanne said...

2 words...

Good to see you back!

11/03/2005 1:08 PM  

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