distance learning

I am curious to know what notetaking methods people use, specifically for distance learning.

Right now I am taking some online courses and I do a lot of my studying during my travel time. I use a 7" Android tablet + Adobe reader for my docs that allows me to highlight and make post-it notes + arc mini for bullet points that I later use to create a PowerPoint for each lesson. Typing it over doesn't take long and it helps me retain the information. Plus, each unit has its own PowerPoint that has pictures, diagrams, vocabulary - anything that pertains to the content.

Any other distance learners care to share their notetaking methods?


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I type a lot faster than I write, so I pop open a notepad window to take notes on stuff I care about. Also a piece of software called PicPick for screen captures saved directly to files. When done I save the text file with the subject and date, and if I wanted I could take the screen caps and plop them into a document for later reference.

I view a lot of web conferences for my job, both to learn new things and to do requirements gathering for projects. This approach works really well for me. I type 70wpm or better so I can capture a lot of info in the notepad. For meetings I like to do script-style notes just following along with what everybody said. I use those notes a ton when it's time to build the projects. Helps for resolving disagreements, too.



One of my favorite apps in the world is Evernote. If you've never tried it, it's a web-based notes program. I use it on my work computer, home computer, and my phone. My favorite is the Droid app for my smartphone, which allows you to make voice recordings, take pictures, and scan documents from the app to immediately upload into one of your notebooks. As a writer and independent scholar, I use it ALL THE TIME and I adore it. It's perfect for ideas and research. You can also install a web-clipper add-on and Skitch, which allows you to notate web pages and upload them to your evernote.

It's extremely useful and free. The free version does have a limit on how much you can upload per month, but I've never gotten anywhere near the limit.

I do the same but the

I do the same but the digital note taking devices are Apple.

The analogue ones are loose leaf letter size recycled printer paper.

Half letter size recycled ruled notepad and three holes punched recycled gridded loose leaf. All fountain pen friendly and located inside my Field Journal Notebook.

I also use a 4x6 scratch pad the way others use sticky notes to mark book pages, share info, note quick references etc... The scratch pad is not used with fountain pens.

I use handouts from meetings, classes or conferences.

I create text documents instead of Keynotes slides as I find text information less distracting and easier to produce.

I also found that printouts of keynotes slides leave an enormous amount of margin space on paper which need to be reduced in size to avoid printing waste.
However, when the slides are reduced too much they become unreadable.

The bullet point method is better for thinkers who use digital and analogue ways of learning.

On one or two letter pages, the handout/digital document includes the title of the presentation, the date, the speaker data then an introduction to the topic, the 3 main points, the arguments for the main points, reference for each of the arguments, then a conclusion.

It is simple, cross platform and can be shared as a simple pdf or printed in cheap black and white format.

The conference, meeting, class attendee can use highlighters for the main points or just use the bullet method to add notes in another blank page which only needs the date, title or partial title of the presentation/class/meeting and the bullet point such as I.A.1.a

For Example: Title: The Impressionists
I. Supporters
A. Y person or group of person
1. fellow painters
a. share studio/paint/models/money
b. protect from starvation, addiction
c. help promote everybody's work at shows.
2 family
3 wealthy donors

II Detractors

and so on...

It usually takes less than one letter page to print, can easily be folded in two or forth for quick reference in someone half letter or mini size notebook/agenda/planner.

The headers help greatly to gather sources at the library, ideas on the go, or even in a night table or as a quick note doc on the computer if inspiration come during a lesson, class, while watching a film...

I want to congratulate you on your great web site, purple, simple, cute cartoon, lots of info and none of those annoying pop ups, java and other "get in the way of learning" web "designs".

Thank you lucymae for giving tools to litteracy for people with challenges, different ways of learning or/and poorly funded school or very bad teaching methods.

How about the Livescribe.

How about the Livescribe. I have sometimes thought about taking up study so I had an excuse/reason to get one. Bob H.

Distance learning

Aaahhhhh.... Me too! Tried my darnedest in the last 6 weeks to do digital documents on my iPad, but when I wanted to write a paper, I had too much button-pushing behavior going on switching between apps. I spent $400 on an auto-duplexing color laser printer, & now have all the articles full-size, with my highlighting & pencil notes all over them.

But I can comment on the digital note-keeping, since I've used many. I think my favorite is Noteshelf, because there is an unlimited # of notebook covers allowed, figuring that you can use your own photos as a notebook cover. And they look nice & tidy on their virtual shelf, combined as you like them, or ordered as you want.

LOTS of highlighter & pen colors & widths, so it doesn't matter if you use your big toe to write with, you can set the line as fine as you like. And something I've nor seen in other digital note taking programs, this one has icon stamps that you can use to identify portions with any one of numerous cute icons. When saved, your document prints with all of these markups. (Auto-saves).

Oh--and a VERY nice feature for us DIYers, is that if you layout a planner page, you can use that JPEG as a custom notebook page, to be completed by hand, typing, or stylus. This is a neat feature I used after I had made digital telephone message pages & saved that file as a JPEG.

i wish

I wish I knew you folks in the "real world." I feel so normal here :)