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Tips for neatening, formatting, and organizing self-study math homework?

Please give me your tips on making handwritten math homework more attractive and useful, so I can enjoy reviewing my self-study math notebook. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Dec 6, 2016 - 14 answers

Best way to take shareable meeting minutes

What is the current best way to take shareable meeting minutes/notes, preferably handwritten ones? Ideally this would involve some form of handwriting-to-text technology, but not necessarily. My understanding is that the abilities offered by the iPad Pro and MS Surface are still not quite there in terms of ease-of-use and accuracy. What other options are there? What is the current state of Smart Pens? Is there a low-tech solution? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on Nov 27, 2016 - 8 answers

eReading + eResearch refresher

I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Studying without notetaking

What are effective ways of memorizing written material (i.e. studying for an exam) without taking notes by hand? Have you successfully switched from taking handwritten notes and making diagrams to some other method? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Oct 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Notetaking software, cross-platform, and OFF the cloud?

Does anybody make notetaking software that would work on both a PC and a Mac, but works OFF the cloud? (Basically I'd keep it the data in Dropbox in an encrypted folder, if it doesn't already have some basic password protection, if that's even possible.) [more inside]
posted by neeta on Jun 1, 2015 - 11 answers

App for Windows PC that offers notes that can be manually moved around

There is an exercise recommended by some writers where you take a wall or a large board of some kind, and using different colored sticky notes, you put all kinds of completely random thoughts, images, and ideas for a story down, and then move them around until they form patterns you could work from. It's a nice, right-brained alternative to the outline, or even the mind-map. [more inside]
posted by Fenriss on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Best tablet (or something else?) for academia, 2014 edition

You're given a $1000 technology grant for grad school. It must be spent on technology. You don't need a laptop. You're thinking a tablet, but what kind and what else? Now what? Mefites, what's your dream setup for annotating pdfs, note taking, and general productivity? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 3, 2014 - 24 answers

Flexible Lecture Notes Application for Mac OS or Pen and Paper?

What are the best options for freeform note-taking on a notebook computer these days? (not an iPad). I am returning to Uni to do an MA in Sept and considering whether I should go "old school" pen and paper w/ notebooks or if I should find a reasonable lecture notes application that allows quick easy diagraming, arrows etc and more unstructured text. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Aug 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Searchable online personal database?

I am looking for a universally accessible and searchable way to keep notes, photos and other documents together. Essentially I am looking for a personal wiki, but one which behaves more like a note taking program and document archive than content management system. The closest I have come so far is saving drafts in gmail. This seems fraught and rather clumsy. Anyone know of a better system? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Aug 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Springpad, I hardly knew ye...

After struggling with Evernote, I finally found my notetaking, task-tracking, save-everything soulmate in Springpad. But now it's going out of business! Please help me find a feature-rich alternative? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on May 25, 2014 - 9 answers

What is the most effective way to study in law school?

I've been given lots of conflicting advice about how one should approach the study of law. While I know the hoary old advice that one should do whatever works best for oneself holds true, I hope that the collective wisdom of former law students has more insight to offer than that! [more inside]
posted by AtavisticApple on May 25, 2014 - 18 answers

How to take scientific notes efficiently?

What is the best way to take grad level notes that feature tons of text, math equations and diagrams, during class, while reading books, and while reading research? Ability to search and organize a huge plus! Digital or non-digital solutions considered. [more inside]
posted by Riton on Mar 18, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I take my notetaking to the cloud? (iPad? Livescribe?)

My house is filled with small reporter notebooks filled with notes/interview records for writing projects I've worked on. I've gone electronic in all of my other paperwork, and it has changed my life. How can I do the same with my notebooks? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 17, 2014 - 9 answers

[academic/reading-geek filter] how to take notes on books within books?

My apologies for this very convoluted question...tl;dr: I guess I'm asking how people deal with taking notes from books, not just on the book's content and structure etc, but mapping bodies of literatures mentioned in those books. I would love to hear if you have a system that works for you. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for Scansnap Gurus

How can I resize scans as I go? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

I should make a note of this.

Please help me improve my note-taking. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Dec 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Your academic workflow, 2012 edition

I would like to learn more from real-world researchers about the apps or web tools you use. [more inside]
posted by zepheria on Nov 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Collaborative on-line note-taking tool?

Please recommend an on-line collaborative note-taking site to encourage a conference audience to creatively respond to presentations. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Oct 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows [more inside]
posted by Capa on Sep 24, 2012 - 14 answers

How to be a better note taker for meetings?

What do you do before, during, and after a meeting to end up with concise, but accurate and useful notes? Technical/practical and framing advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 12, 2012 - 7 answers

First Things First. What Was the First Thing Again?

If I wrote down all the witty/funny/odd/insightful things that cross my mind all day long, I'd have tons of ideas for creative projects. The problem: I'm missing the part of my brain that says "Hey, write that down!" [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Aug 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Ok, it's possible I am just grasping at straws to find an excuse to own an iPad.

I'm trying to figure out if a iPad is what I'm looking for to help me reduce my physical books, particularly cookbooks and printed (from the internet) recipes. I want to know first whether iPad is the way to go for my specific needs (details within) and then, if an iPad is what I want, which generation iPad & apps would help me do what I want. Or maybe there is a better solution? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jun 9, 2012 - 22 answers

What's the closest app to a paper notebook for android?

I would like to find a notetaking application that is flipable. Rather than having to open and close various, lists, tabs or folders of notes I want basically one very long note pad with several pages. Basically I'm hoping to find an app that is exactly like a small paper notebook that you would put in your pocket. It's not one note, it's not ak notes, it's not Evernote. Does anyone have any suggestions? Bonus points if it is sinkable.
posted by chinabound on May 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Note-taking Firefox extension?

Are there any Firefox (or Chrome or Safari, I guess) add-ons that will allow me to make a blank tab that I can type text into? In other words, any extensions that will allow me to take notes inside FF rather than in another program?
posted by OmieWise on Nov 7, 2011 - 6 answers

I want a typed document, but I don't want to type it.

Recommend an electronic method of taking notes in meetings that doesn’t look like I’m emailing or texting. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Nov 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Android note-taking app that lets you add pictures in the text field?

Note-taking app for android that lets you add photos inside the text field? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Oct 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I get a Thinkpad x120e or do I want something else?

I want a small, lightweight, Windows-based computer that's cheap, durable, and a pleasure to use. I need it for basic productivity, in-class note-taking, and web browsing. Am I looking a Thinkpad x120e, or am I missing something crucial? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 5, 2011 - 11 answers

iPad note-taking app that supports video (incl. youtube) clips?

Is there a note-taking iPad app that clips/embeds and displays video? [more inside]
posted by aielen on Aug 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Taking notes on an iPad

What type of options are out there for taking hand-written notes on an iPad? I'm especially interested in any programs that convert your writing into typing. [more inside]
posted by rastapasta on Jul 11, 2011 - 8 answers

The Platonic Padfolio

Help me find (or create) my ideal padfolio/notepad holder! [more inside]
posted by missix on Jun 30, 2011 - 8 answers

I wear 3-D glasses at night but I can't, but I can't see.

I need to take notes in a movie theater but can't see to write. Is there a silver-bullet pen-light solution? Details within... [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jun 22, 2011 - 26 answers

No Matter What Apple Thinks, Virtual Keyboards are Not Useful.

Decent iPad app and stylus for note-taking? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on May 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Notes to the MAX!! (Awesome, forEVER, or otherwise)

What are the ways in which you use Evernote (or AwesomeNote, or whatever your poison) to make your life better, easier, happier, more organized, more awesome, etc? I'm not doing too bad a job of it myself, but I suspect I am just scratching the surface. [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 4, 2011 - 23 answers

Not just for sniffing

How do I use a highlighter? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 27, 2011 - 29 answers

Improving reading comprehension of history books and help writing about them.

Artistic mind in need of improving his academic side OR Please help me learn and write about history. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou on Jan 21, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I put bibtex data into a semantic wiki?

How can I get my Semantic MediaWiki to display and sort BibTeX data the way I'd like? [more inside]
posted by Marty Marx on Jan 18, 2011 - 1 answer

Options for archiving/exporting Gmail chat statuses or Gmail-integrated notetaking?

Am I overlooking any options for archiving/exporting Gmail chat statuses? Alternatively, are there any notetaking apps that are REALLY REALLY REALLY well-integrated with Gmail? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Dec 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Where can I find a simple native tree pad app for Mac OS X?

Where can I find a simple native tree pad app for Mac OS X? It doesn't have to be fancy, with todo lists, rich text editor, tags, whatever, it just has to have a navigation tree, and a basic text editor for the tree nodes. The ideal solution would be something like KeepNote, but native for OSX, and not necessarily with all the fancy features. [more inside]
posted by dfreire on Nov 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Can you recommend a Windows research aide?

Can you help me sort through the overwhelming choices in Windows based note-taking software? [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Oct 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Seeking SimpleNote-Style Offline Tools for Google Docs

Looking for offline front-end or sync tools for Google Docs that are similar to those for SimpleNotes. [more inside]
posted by lodurr on Oct 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Note So Simple?

Mobile note-taking device with a hardware keyboard, no monthly fee, and simplenote? [more inside]
posted by Real.Wolf on Oct 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Need a good way to take notes in college

I really need a good note taking app for my iPad. I'm studying in the Computer Science major. I take Discrete Math, Software Design, Economics 101, and Precalculus. I'm currently using Noterize, but I don't like its lack of organization of notes. It doesn't really feel like a fully baked app. I would really prefer something that lets me type, scribble with my Pogo Sketch stylus, and also support bullet points. A really good UI would also be nice though not the most important. And third party export would be a nice plus. Are there any good apps like this?
posted by antgly on Sep 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I write notes on my smartphone that will show up on my PC's desktop?

Is there any web service/software for my Android phone that will allow me take written notes/reminders that will show up on my Windows desktop when logging in? Would be great for GTD.
posted by evercool on Jul 4, 2010 - 5 answers

A better way to take notes

I want a software program that will mimic the recording function of the Livescribe pen, but for typing rather than note-taking [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp on Feb 18, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I keep track of academic papers and my handwritten notes on them?

What is the best hardware/software system for keeping track of a) hundreds of academic papers in PDF form and b) my handwritten notes on these hundreds of papers? Bonus if the answer integrates with some sort of citation management software. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Nov 24, 2009 - 10 answers

I need a secure alternative to Evernote

Any suggestions on a secure alternative to Evernote? [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek on Jul 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Netbook for a grad student.

Netbook for a grad/med student: what should I get? (Long list of desired features inside) [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jul 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Note to myself: Use better notes

I'm doing my comp. exam (also called doctoral exam here) this summer. This involves reading a whole bunch of books and articles (about 30), and writing a long paper that answers a few questions from my committee. I am looking for good note-taking methods. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Apr 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Looking for the perfect note-taking system is hard, but still easier than actually doing work

Which note-taking/organizing software does the best job of integrating PDF files? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on Apr 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Sugestions for a lightweight and open source notetaking and outlining editor

Looking for alternatives to Keynote, a hierarchical note taking and outlining editor for Windows that is no longer under development. [more inside]
posted by sk381 on Sep 15, 2008 - 13 answers

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