Honesty from students: how much do you use your tablet in class?

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by thrawn86, Sep 15, 2008.

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  1. gohanssjn

    gohanssjn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    This is the main reason I am looking into a tablet, to try and stay a bit more focused and 'interactive' during class. I tend to shut off my brain when I type and get sidetracked on the web.

    Bad, bad habits indeed.

    So, how many actually use the tablet in classes, and how much does it help?
     
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    Semantic Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Turn off wifi? Also, use the onenote record feature.
     
  3. gohanssjn

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    I use a tape recorder if I fade out.

    It doesn't help that my professors regularly go on tangents unimportant to the study.

    And my laptop now has no mic (XPS M1210).
     
  4. paradigmshift

    paradigmshift Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I use my tablet in every class. While typing may be faster, hand writing has an organic feel that, for some reason, helps me learn. I take all my notes by hand. Aside from the fact that using a tablet is a pain if you want to multitask (no convenient hotkeys and shortcuts). I find that when I throw Onenote in full screen mode, I can focus on the task at hand and take effective notes. Additionally, I tend to get side tracked by formatting and how everything looks when I'm typing notes. Writing by hand allows me to organize everything exactly how I like. There are several other nice features as well, such as having upwards of... 8 different pen types and 4 highlighters (the default in Onenote) instantly accessible to me. Theoretically you could make whatever color you like. The ability to search through your notes (even when they're handwritten) is also a lifesaver.

    Just for kicks, make sure you get a scanner and scan all your syllabi (syllabuses?) into Onenote. It's terribly convenient to only have to take your computer to class. Some scan in their textbooks, but that always seemed a bit excessive to me.

    Finally, back up your notes. Your computer crashes, you're screwed.

    Edit: Kill the wifi. That definitely helps.
     
  5. gohanssjn

    gohanssjn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Yeah, unfortunately our professors also regularly refer to pdf's and the like online, thus the wifi.

    Oh, and I alread have a lot of pdf's and syllabi in OneNote, and it syncs between my Desktop, Laptop, and thumb drive. I keep redundants.

    But cool, thanks.

    Just hard knowing I am on a budget, and that this would probably help a lot. And I can get a refurb Dell Latitude XT pretty loaded for $1205.

    DECISIONS.
     
  6. gohanssjn

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    It's sitting at submit....and I just don;t know if i can pull the trigger.

    I hate always getting like this with big purchases. EVERY time!
     
  7. Kyle Porter

    Kyle Porter Veteran Moderator Senior Member

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    Tablets are the best tool you can get. I use it 100% of the time in slate mode writing notes.

    Pull the trigger. you will not be sorry. I garuntee it.
     
  8. gohanssjn

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  9. gohanssjn

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    Wow, the XT sure gets a lot of hate in the user reviews though...is the ULV that slow?
     
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    jimdab LifeStudent

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    I use my T4220 and OneNote, though I rarely get out the pen. I will use the pen when something I'm writing absolutely would require a pen, like when drawing bell curves or doing math problems. Though for classes that require math I prefer to use regular pencil and paper. Other than that, I feel like everyone's looking at me when I use the pen.
     
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