Taking good notes in class is not as easy as it sounds, but the Wacom Bamboo Spark certainly helps the process be a little more organized. Many of us still learn best from writing down physical notes instead of typing on a computer. Many studies have proven that we learn things better when we are forced to physically write them out. With the new Bamboo Spark you are able to write your notes by hand with a real pen and paper and then have them transcribed onto your ipad, iphone, or laptop, for later when studying. I am impressed with how “smart” the Bamboo Spark is, not only can it take a pdf of my notes and send it to my laptop, it can transfer my notes into a word document where I can then add or edit anything I have written during class. This is a great feature when it comes time to writing an essay, because you can use your notes as an outline to get you started. My friends have been loving my Bamboo Spark because if anyone misses class, I can easily email them a pdf or a word document of that day’s notes.
Taking great notes can really change your class experience and overall grade, here are my note taking tips.
- Use Abbreviations– I used to be really against using abbreviations, why I’m not sure haha. But over time I have learned them to be quite helpful. There are classic ones like w/ @ bc … and so on, but also you can create your own for words or short phrases used a lot in your classes.
- Don’t write in complete sentences– These are for your own personal use. Don’t waste your time trying to write in complete sentences. Just write down the important things. Also use non-traditional formats if that helps you write things down quicker and clearly. I tend to do ” ” a lot in a class when the idea is similar to what I just said above.
- Don’t worry about making it look pretty– I think most girls are guilty of this. We are so focused on making sure our handwriting looks pretty we end up falling behind the teacher and what they are saying. There is a time and place for pretty penmanship and notes is not the place. When I look at a full page of my notes I see my handwriting progressively gets sloppier as I get to the end of the page haha. The great thing about Bamboo Spark, is it doesn’t care! And I can transfer my notes to Word, and then they are all pretty again.
- Focus on main points – Not everything your teacher says is “important.” Focus on taking notes on main points and not writing down definitions that you can get from the textbook later.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wacom and Her Campus Media. I received the product free of charge. However, all words and opinions are my own.