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Advice: Best new devices that make taking notes a breeze


As a freshman in college, I assure you that taking notes effectively is a very valuable skill to master. To be honest, I wasn’t used to taking notes but after knowing the benefits of note taking, I can’t attend a single class without taking notes. However, many students struggle when taking notes without guidance. In this article, I will summarize what I learned through my experience with struggling while successfully maintaining a straight A!

First of all, why do you take notes? Basically, it’s a skill that will pay off in college and you’ll never regret it. Furthermore, studies on learning have shown that actively engaging in a topic by listening and then summarizing what you hear helps you understand and remember the information later. Being college students, we need this skill to succeed during the study experience.

Secondly, no one can deny that there are positive and negative aspects of taking notes on a device compared to paper. It is my firm belief that taking notes on a device is better for many reasons. First, it’s better for the planet because it reduces the number of paper produced. This reduces the number of trees cut down, which will ultimately save the land in the long run. Second, sharing digital notes is a lot easier. Having a note-taking device eliminates the need to take and send photos. Also, when asked to hand something over, it’s always easier to actually share something digital. Finally, some experts believe that taking notes by hand allows you to remember material better than typing on a computer. However, if you get a device that you can write on with a stylus, I think you’ll get benefits from both: handwriting and online savings!

So, if you want to get all these benefits, you have to make your decision wisely. Choosing the right device is critical for effective note-taking. As a college student, as well as the daughter of a manager at Microsoft, I consider myself someone with expertise in hardware selection. There are many devices that can help you when taking notes, but in my view, these three devices are best suited for a college student: Microsoft Surface go, HP x360 Chromebook, and Apple Ipad Pro. Listed below are the features of each.

Why get Microsoft Surface?

  • reasonable price.
  • Hybrid device: desktop, tablet.
  • Comes with a pen to draw and highlight documents.
  • Small size and suitable weight.
  • The keyboard can be removed.
  • Uses face identifier.

Why get HP x360 Chromebook?

  • reasonable price.
  • Hybrid device: desktop, tablet.
  • 360 degree design.
  • Lightweight.
  • Fingerprint reader.

Why get Apple iPad Pro?

  • It can be purchased in installments.
  • Access to Apple Store apps.
  • Keyboard and stylus can be purchased separately.
  • HD camera.
  • Uses face identifier.

Ultimately, we all want to focus on our classes, keep things on track by taking notes, and get straight A’s. Now that you know the secret, just make the right decision!


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