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hi i will be studying business management in the uk this year. i’ve heard that taking notes on laptop is very common there, however i’m not very familiar to it. how do u guys take ur notes? any specific apps u recommend? do u write everything the prof is saying?how do u organise them? i’m rlly curious abt these things. my laptop also turns into an ipad (it’s convertible) so ipad tips would help too. anybody who likes write writing them instead id love to hear ur side too. 🤍
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Original post by h4shyy
hi i will be studying business management in the uk this year. i’ve heard that taking notes on laptop is very common there, however i’m not very familiar to it. how do u guys take ur notes? any specific apps u recommend? do u write everything the prof is saying?how do u organise them? i’m rlly curious abt these things. my laptop also turns into an ipad (it’s convertible) so ipad tips would help too. anybody who likes write writing them instead id love to hear ur side too. 🤍

It can vary from university to university, but generally you would be provided lecture notes (slides from the lecture) where you can write down what you want during the lecture. I haven't come across a case where they give you lecture notes electronically where you can write on them during the lectures.

I personally take notes using the lecture notes provided. Specifically, I would normally note down material I am not particularly familiar with or highlight material that's important. I wouldn't want to write everything the prof is saying - it's too much to do in short amount of time unless you're a pro at it. I would focus on the main points and note down things that I wouldn't expect to be able to read up on. Too much notes can usually work against you as opposed to aid your learning.
If by any chance you need to record everything word for word, bring a voice recorder with you (ideally not use your phone for this), check with the lecturer about using it, and then record the entire lecture (assuming there aren't any saved lecture videos on your university intranet available for your use).

According to recommendations by various sources, you can use apps like EverNote or Notion (this has an AI included). However, the note taking app on your tablet is usually more than enough (would ideally like an app that would allow you to annotate, doodle, as well as do text if you want).

The way you should organise your notes is supposedly by topic; you want there to be enough material for you to refer back to, but have the structure fluid enough for you to link to other topics and notes in other areas. Taking notes is one skill, organising the notes so they become useful is quite another.
See the following videos for other opinions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfnLqdllftk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBHLC8dff48
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AffuwyJZTQQ
https://aliabdaal.com/the-5-rs-of-note-taking/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuX3yT4rvDs
Original post by MindMax2000
It can vary from university to university, but generally you would be provided lecture notes (slides from the lecture) where you can write down what you want during the lecture. I haven't come across a case where they give you lecture notes electronically where you can write on them during the lectures.

I personally take notes using the lecture notes provided. Specifically, I would normally note down material I am not particularly familiar with or highlight material that's important. I wouldn't want to write everything the prof is saying - it's too much to do in short amount of time unless you're a pro at it. I would focus on the main points and note down things that I wouldn't expect to be able to read up on. Too much notes can usually work against you as opposed to aid your learning.
If by any chance you need to record everything word for word, bring a voice recorder with you (ideally not use your phone for this), check with the lecturer about using it, and then record the entire lecture (assuming there aren't any saved lecture videos on your university intranet available for your use).

According to recommendations by various sources, you can use apps like EverNote or Notion (this has an AI included). However, the note taking app on your tablet is usually more than enough (would ideally like an app that would allow you to annotate, doodle, as well as do text if you want).

The way you should organise your notes is supposedly by topic; you want there to be enough material for you to refer back to, but have the structure fluid enough for you to link to other topics and notes in other areas. Taking notes is one skill, organising the notes so they become useful is quite another.
See the following videos for other opinions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfnLqdllftk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBHLC8dff48
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AffuwyJZTQQ
https://aliabdaal.com/the-5-rs-of-note-taking/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuX3yT4rvDs

tysm for replying that rlly helps !!!! have a good day <3

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