Digital Note Taking Tips

October 22nd, 2008

The last roadblock preventing many professionals and students from going completely paperless is note-taking. There are times when it just isn't convenient to put notes directly into a computer document. Sometimes it's necessary to draw pictures, skip around on the page, or flesh out ideas. In those circumstances, writing it on paper would make things so much easier. With innovative digital pens like IOGEAR's Mobile Digital Scribe, it is possible to have merge the flexibility of handwritten notes with the organizational advantages of digital notes. It allows its users to put their thoughts on paper while converting it directly into an editable digital medium. When using such tools, there are things to consider that can make it all merge very easily into a digital work-flow. Here are some tips to remember when taking digital notes:
  • A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words - In many ways, we are visual creatures. Many are able to grasp concepts and understand directions more easily through visual representations than we can with just words. Draw it out. Notes with visuals will make it easier to remember the subject matter at a later date when reviewing your notes or converting them to more formal presentations.
  • Use the Whole Sheet - One glaring disadvantage of using document software such as Microsoft Word for note-taking is that it isn't easy to organize on the whole sheet. Without adjusting format, most of these programs default to a linear, vertical style of organizing. Using the Mobile Digital Scribe allows you to easily make columns, groupings, or sub-notes on the entire page.
  • Organize as You Go - When typing notes, it is often difficult to keep organized when the subject matter skips from topic to topic. If taking digital notes by hand, it is possible to organize very easily by establishing sections throughout the page where different notes belong. When a new topic pops up, it's as simple as writing out a header anywhere on the page and underlining it to create a new grouping for your notes.
  • Keep it Relevant - When there's nothing to write at any given moment, people tend to doodle. There's nothing wrong with it. It passes the time and keeps the pen moving. If room permits, have a separate sheet of paper available for doodling. If there is no room, set aside an area on your notes for doodling. This seems like a minor point, but when it comes time later on to study the notes or convert them into a formal document, keeping the information relevant can help to expedite the process.
  • Write Fast, but Write Clearly - There is nothing more frustrating than looking at important notes a few days later and not understanding your own handwriting. While it is important to make the notes as comprehensive as possible, they are worthless if you can't read them. It's always possible to ask a professor or presenter to repeat something if you can't keep up, but keeping up and not understanding later can be an insurmountable obstacle.
Taking proper notes is essential for successful students and professionals. Having the flexibility to write and draw by hand and still convert it to digital for editing, sharing, and viewing at a later date is the main reason why the Mobile Digital Scribe is a "must-have" for anyone who takes notes in today's world.

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