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Note Taking Strategies - December 18, 2010
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I guess I'd have to pick 'The Genius', but I don't think the title applies; I may 'work' on them, but that doesn't say I do anything successfully...

in calc 2, i was the lazy genius. i had already taken it, therefore i did not need notes, and i could fiddle around with the problem used as an example, and usually finish before the teacher. more than a few times, i spotted a flaw in her work, then she found it a few minutes later

Mix of the boring with the lazy here, it kinda goes with how big my consideration for the teacher is

This is the second time today I've been called a genius.

What about 'takes notes on long-discontinued Newton OS devices that everyone thinks are amazing and new'? I did take notes in LaTeX once, when I had my laptop with me for some reason instead of my eMate, but I couldn't keep up. So I think I'm a cross between the lazy and the nerd, because I don't take many notes. I can't pay attention to what they're saying if I'm too busy trying to write it down.

In high school I guess I was a genius. I remember making up ridiculously complicated expressions and then simplifying them, and coming up with a whole lot of formulas for working out different things from the side length of a regular hexagon.

vim helps speed latex note-taking a lot.
I used to take notes in latex (with vi/vim) until I stopped taking mathy classes. Suddenly there was no latex in my latex.

Sacrilege! Clearly emacs is better for speed-LaTeX.

(Not really. I used a nice GUI text editor with a button on it to compile the LaTeX, possibly Tex4Mac a.k.a. MacTeX.)

Incidentally, I think the only reason I passed that course despite not having time to complete all the assignments (I was just doing one postgrad course for fun while working full-time) was that I was the only one to do my assignments in LaTeX (which I learnt specifically for that course), so my work looked tidier than the teacher's.

So what do you call this then?
http://vihart.com/doodling
(Answer: the Awesome!)

He's awesome!

I don't do that during classes =P but while I study I keep a paper nearby, and it is a different kind of doodling:
http://fawcs.deviantart.com/gallery/

Does that sound like a male voice? And look how soft those hands are :)

Not to mention -- "Vi" is usually a female name/nickname.

Look at her profile :)

oh lol I accidentally wrote she to he

Seened somewhat chaotic to me.

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What about a modification of Nerd, Lazy and Genius?
I normally sleep during lectures, wake up at random to correct the lecturer and fall asleep again, but I study my textbook until late at night. And I do make some of my own notes, sometimes in LaTeX even.

Cannot understand people who busy themselves with taking notes -- taking notes quite often interferes with understanding the material presented. I _do_ take notes, but extremely rarely, especially if a beautiful argument or important argument or convoluted argument is given. Otherwise, I normally just derive the stuff myself at home in the end.

Not the awesome type as above though -- doodling in maths is beyond me. I prefer to sleep.

I don't understand people who take copious notes either; if you're so busy taking notes that you don't actually learn anything until you reread the notes later, you may as well just be reading the textbook. But maybe for some people writing takes less processing power than it does for me.

Writing down everything can be a useful skill, though. I discovered recently that I'm completely useless at taking minutes during meetings. I think I wrote about two sentences from the whole meeting, and I still barely absorbed anything because they kept saying more things while I was still busy trying to decide whether to write down what they'd just said. Now I know how level 1 trigger feels.

for a short while I have taken notes extensively - they made me notice when I was daydreaming and losing track of the class. I never bothered to read my own notes.
nowadays I'm somewhere between the last two, but I don't bother to go to class a lot.

Taking notes depends on the subject--in Math I took a lot less then in, say, Theology or Philosophy. In the latter two, you need a lot more presuppositions and data to start from.

And then, some (math) teachers were hard to take coherent and useful notes for anyway:

"Now, from this, it is obvious that..."

"The details are left up to the student to supply..."

"This leads to the interesting corollary that..."
(But just how is it related???)

I guess I'd fit into the genius category then, I never took notes (except rare classes where they were graded, how does that work?) and usually did the homework during class if there was any.

I guess I'm the lazy with undertones of pseudo-genius.

I only copy down essential theorems, and finish the examples before the teacher does. And since I'm quite fond of Vihart's doodle games, I guess I've a touch of "The Awesome" as well :)

Different people learn better through different methods. Some gain the most from auditory input: listening carefully in class. Some from visual: seeing things written or demonstrated, on the board or in their textbooks. Others, from kinesthetic: the process of doing. I'm the latter.

I always took notes in class: copied down everything on the board and at least the gist of the professor's statements (outside of math classes these can often be entirely unrelated) but I almost never reviewed them. It was the very process of writing down the information myself that helped me learn.

But I guess I was a 'boring.'

I guess I would be a lazy/boring genius, it really depended on what the topic was of the day.

what about the: takes notes in sketch book and doodles like mad

i'm the graphical. i keep losing all my normal paper:S...also graph paper is better for doodling.

In highschool I could be compared to a combination of lazy and genius in terms of note taking/class activity.
In university though... just lazy...

I never take notes and I rarely need them. I can't pay attention and understand what's being explained if I have to write it down.

for now, i'm the lazy one... always have been and always hope to be

i'd be the genius, but i'm too lazy

I've taken classes with Courtney, and must unfortunately repudiate the myth that she takes notes with a sharpie, much less a brown one.

the boring for a first few minutes, then turns into the lazy for the time left, occasionally turning into the genius. /my high school life
the nerd, by taking note with computer /my planned uni life, but...
just the lazy basically, and don't even bother to go to lecture sometime /my real uni life

When I take notes (which isn't often) I always get told I take "girly" notes in that I use 5 different colours and colour-code my theorems, examples, lemmas, propositions and corollaries (with definitions and such usually getting lumped in with examples)

I thought that was "nerdy"--that's why nerds need all those multi-color pens and the pocket protector...

Hmmmm--maybe the LaTex-using nerd is a Neo-nerd, while the multi-color pen nerd is a "classic nerd"?

hah, you forgot one...
the 'wanna be genius' who just does that nights homework in class. thats my boyfriend and me, and just about anyone who thinks the teacher doesn't notice...

Hey, love your comics! I don't know if you've done it already, but I'd like to suggest a comic related to the expression "back to square one". And then someone says: "Wait, why don't we start from the beginning?"

Wouldn't that be "Square Zero"?

Either way, the square doesn't change the result, so you may as well just say one or zero.

^ Exactly!

I'm pretty much the boring. I would be the nerd, but I can't LaTeX that fast.

As someone who knew a genius - it depends on the class. In bachelor-classes (early in the day) the genius tends to sleep. In the first row, of course.

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