What's the best way of taking notes at uni?

Watch this thread
Anonymous #1
#1
Report Thread starter 2 years ago
#1
Writing on notebooks?
Typing on laptop? Tablet?
Taking pictures of the board?
Dictation apps?

Which is more efficient and effective?
0
reply
Bio 7
Badges: 21
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#2
Report 2 years ago
#2
Depends on the course.

If you need to do equations then a tablet or paper.
If you have lots to write then probably ipad or laptop.
0
reply
erinls2
Badges: 15
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#3
Report 2 years ago
#3
As above said, depends on course! I study medicine and I couldn’t keep up on my laptop (despite being a quick Typer) because there were lots of diagrams...I spent the rest of first year printing and annotating lecture slides and found that the best way. Start of second year I saved up and bought an iPad Pro and use notability to annotate my lecture slides, which I absolutely love! I’m completely paperless now and all I have to take to uni is my iPad!
1
reply
chloejas1
Badges: 6
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#4
Report 2 years ago
#4
I do law at uni, when I'm in my lectures I'll write notes in a notepad because I'm not the fastest at typing and then when I'm back to my flat I transfer the written notes into digital form. This is helpful for speed as well as memory because re-writing the notes keeps it fresh in my memory. In terms of taking pictures of the board I dont do that unless the lectures arent online.
0
reply
yeahthatonethere
Badges: 16
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#5
Report 2 years ago
#5
I do a biology degree and find that if your lecturers give you the power points beforehand, typing notes on the powerpoint is easiest as it means you can focus entirely on what they're saying and already have copies of any diagrams
If not then pen and paper is best so you can jot everything you need down including diagrams
0
reply
Anonymous #1
#6
Report Thread starter 2 years ago
#6
(Original post by chloejas1)
I do law at uni, when I'm in my lectures I'll write notes in a notepad because I'm not the fastest at typing and then when I'm back to my flat I transfer the written notes into digital form. This is helpful for speed as well as memory because re-writing the notes keeps it fresh in my memory. In terms of taking pictures of the board I dont do that unless the lectures arent online.
You use notepad on a tablet?
0
reply
Noodlzzz
Badges: 21
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#7
Report 2 years ago
#7
I use iPad with Apple Pencil - covers all bases of what you mentioned above!
1
reply
Elsie2001
Badges: 8
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#8
Report 2 years ago
#8
(Original post by erinls2)
As above said, depends on course! I study medicine and I couldn’t keep up on my laptop (despite being a quick Typer) because there were lots of diagrams...I spent the rest of first year printing and annotating lecture slides and found that the best way. Start of second year I saved up and bought an iPad Pro and use notability to annotate my lecture slides, which I absolutely love! I’m completely paperless now and all I have to take to uni is my iPad!
This is really good to know as I’m going into first year medicine in September and recently bought an iPad Pro but have been worrying it wouldn’t be useful and I’d have to save up for a laptop 😬
0
reply
Liverpool Hope University
Badges: 19
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#9
Report 2 years ago
#9
(Original post by Anonymous)
Writing on notebooks?
Typing on laptop? Tablet?
Taking pictures of the board?
Dictation apps?

Which is more efficient and effective?
Hi there,

As most of your replies have stated, note taking can depend on several factors including your course and how you like to work. Like erinls2, I used an iPad and notability to annote my lecture slides. I write slow and for me it was the best and easiest way to keep up with my lectures.

Fi :horse:
2
reply
R T
Badges: 13
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#10
Report 2 years ago
#10
Although there is some truth to "it varies" - honestly nothing truly beats a pad of paper + a pencil. Even if you want digital copies of your notes, you can always just scan them later.

Technology, while great, will rarely beat this for reliability (battery life, unexpected updates, larger danger to theft and accidental damage, etc.) and speed (taking notes in shorthand and quick diagram / mind map sketches will always be faster with a pencil, even if you can touchtype at 100+wpm like I can).
0
reply
Andremasil
Badges: 10
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#11
Report 2 years ago
#11
(Original post by emeraldde)
I'll be studying nursing (hopefully), is it a good investment to get an ipad pro?
You don't need an iPad Pro, there is a new iPad air 3 (2019) that is better if you want it only for university. I bought one and will try to go paperless. I also bought a keyboard and apple pencil.
1
reply
Andremasil
Badges: 10
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#12
Report 2 years ago
#12
(Original post by Elsie2001)
This is really good to know as I’m going into first year medicine in September and recently bought an iPad Pro but have been worrying it wouldn’t be useful and I’d have to save up for a laptop 😬
It is useful, there is plenty of videos about iPad/ apple pencil and med students. How to stay organized and study on it. Some say they don't use a laptop anymore.
0
reply
Fresher18
Badges: 18
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#13
Report 2 years ago
#13
iPad Pro 12.9 with Apple Pencil and GoodNotes 5 or my Laptop depending on what subject it is, normally iPad to annotate lecture slides
0
reply
gjd800
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#14
Report 2 years ago
#14
The research pretty clearly shows that hand writing is miles better for retention and recall.
1
reply
Fresher18
Badges: 18
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#15
Report 2 years ago
#15
(Original post by gjd800)
The research pretty clearly shows that hand writing is miles better for retention and recall.
It does depend on how fast you can write though, I know for me typing is better as i'm slow at writing but others are opposite and faster at writing than typing. So I'd say its personal preference and is something that needs too be decided when there as you'll know how quick the lecturers go through things
0
reply
gjd800
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#16
Report 2 years ago
#16
(Original post by Fresher18)
It does depend on how fast you can write though, I know for me typing is better as i'm slow at writing but others are opposite and faster at writing than typing. So I'd say its personal preference and is something that needs too be decided when there as you'll know how quick the lecturers go through things
of course it is preference (isn't everything), but that has nothing at all to do with my point The research consistently says what it says
Last edited by gjd800; 2 years ago
0
reply
chloejas1
Badges: 6
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#17
Report 2 years ago
#17
(Original post by Anonymous)
You use notepad on a tablet?
No, an actual notepad like with a pen
0
reply
ihatePE
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#18
Report 2 years ago
#18
I prefer good old fashion paper and pen. at one point I did go into Apple to test the apple pen but the thought of charging it, dropping it, having it heat up after long usage really annoy me. When I used to do engineering, I had a portfolio for my drawings, loads of refill pads for maths question papers, more refill papers for notes on the physics side of things
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

How did your AQA A-level Physics Paper 1 exam go?

Great! Feeling positive (6)
26.09%
It went fairly well (8)
34.78%
It didn't go too well (4)
17.39%
TERRIBLE! (5)
21.74%

Watched Threads

View All