Questions on note taking processes, abbreviations, shorthand, stenography

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Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
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How to write equations involving different sized symbols neatly in notes? What kind of paper to use?

I prefer writing on lined paper. I find it faster and neater and it helps with formatting. When I'm writing math some things don't fit neatly between the lines; for example the divider used in writing ...
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Simple shorthand system?

There are several written stenography systems (like Gregg shorthand) that allow for quickly and efficiently condensing text into a series of symbols. Those systems would take hours and hours of ...
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Personal notes software with Android/web sync option

I spend two hours in the subway each day and trying to use this time as wisely as possible. Most of the time I am doing some notes, regading my day planning, week planning, ideas sketching and so on. ...
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Recommended notes with tags management software

I'm looking for a software that enables me to manage a large number of notes, short tidbits of information, and to find back later easily the one I'm interested in. I should be possible to add easily ...
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Illegible handwriting is swallowing my ideas

I carry a notepad and pencil with me to jot down ideas. The problem is, my handwriting is so abhorrent that often I cannot decipher what I wrote. How can I write more legible? I'm not sure that ...
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Techniques for recording sequence of steps to perform a task

Are there techniques or software tools that can help me record a series of steps involved in performing a task that I will have to repeat in the future? This would be useful at work (I am a software ...
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How to take notes when reading technical books

Do you know of any systems such as mind maps or flash cards for taking notes while reading technical/programming textbooks? For example, after reading two chapters of a dense textbook and taking a 1 ...
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Hierarchical notetaking application

I'm already using a few applications for hierarchical note taking. I like the graphical implementation as in the worklowy and gqueues. Workflowy has nice organization of information but it lacks the ...
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Systematic approach for taking electronic notes (with cross references and links)?

for my work I'm trying to take notes electronically, to easiser sort, search, find and cross-refrence them. I'm using Emacs org-mode for that purpose. My problem: I'm struggling to find a systematic ...
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search based mind map

I want to make a mind map, or something similar, for summing up certain things I am studying. But I don't just want to sum up the information, I want to help me search for these things in the future, ...
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Personal notetaking with table editing

Do you know a simple way to do personal note taking where I can have tables which I edit in the original layout? Basically like Excel with columns and rows, rather than some Wiki markup syntax where ...
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1answer
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Is there a system/method incorporating bookmarks, citations/references, and a document editor (e.g., Google Docs/Drive) with a revision history?

Currently, I'm writing a paper in Microsoft Word 2007. I use Endnote to organise my references and bibliography and hold electronic copies of papers I've found where possible. I have stacks of books ...
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Is written stenography still useful?

Are handwritten stenography systems (such as Gregg shorthand and Pitman shorthand) still useful today for personal productivity? If so, how can they be incorporated into daily life in a digital age?
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Where should I take (and store) notes during meetings on different subjects?

I've got various meetings on a variety of subjects. In some I take a lot of notes, in others, not so much. How should I manage/organize these notes? I don't want to have a separate notebook for each ...
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7answers
611 views

What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
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What's a good cloud based notebook? [closed]

What's a good cloud based notebook? The features I'd like to have: I need to be able to sync my notes on my Android cell phone and various computers. I need to be able to have the actual files, ...
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What is the best wiki to install and run locally?

I want to start my own wiki page for note keeping. As the info I will be keeping is sensitive I need to host the wiki internally on my LAN. It's possible I will be the only user of the wiki but I ...
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9answers
682 views

How can I list down website passwords for better productivity?

I am an avid web surfer and I surf a lot of websites. I also have my accounts on numerous sites. The problem is when I need to sign in to some websites, I have to search my two mailboxes for username. ...
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Taking notes on mobile device

I like reading articles on my smartphone with Android. The articles are usually in web browser or pdf or epub reader. The problem comes when I'd like to extract a few sentences that I like. I ...
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What should I do with emails that contain information that I often refer back to?

For example - one program at work has this annoying popup which requires me to put in my username/password but in a strange format that I can never remember - I have an email from a colleague telling ...
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OneNote or something else? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which one to use - Evernote or One Note First time caller, I use MSFT's OneNote for all my daily tracking of everything that i want to capture. I have looked at ...
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Why do Americans use yellow legal pads for note taking? [closed]

I have seen many movies and TV series where Americans use yellow legal pads for note taking. Does this have some kind of advantage to white or recycled paper? Is this a common thing in USA? Sorry ...
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org-mode and productivity

I've already seen several times the org-mode application between applications for productivity, information processing, planning, note-taking etc. I wonder what are the advantages of this ...
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What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
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How do I take quick notes in odd places to maintain mind like water?

My biggest gain productivity (and reduction in stress) came when I embraced the idea of writing everything down. (Thank you, David Allen!) The hard part is managing to always have something handy with ...
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Is there a pocket notebook with pen I can keep it in my wallet? [closed]

I am looking for some kind of notebook and a pen to keep inside my wallet to note down my thoughts when I don't want to use my smartphone?
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Equipment for computer-printing, into a notebook

I have a notebook, it's perfect-bound like a normal book. I write all manner of things in it - quite often tear out pages when I know I'll not ever have to refer to stuff again, but quite often keep ...
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How do I train myself to write more carefully? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve my handwriting? Paper-based notes are quite essential part of my GTD process. I use them mostly for two things - daily todo list and for thoughts ...
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3answers
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Symbols/Icons for Note Taking

I'm looking for a method (or at least anything any wrote about this topic) which uses icons or symbols for note taking. So for example, I will be taking notes in class and want to "tag" certain things ...
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Collaborative Note Taking - Paper + Laptop

In the perfect scenario everyone in my class would use the same cloud apps that I use - Google Docs - and we would all save time writing the basics, not to mention we'd all benefit from key details ...
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2answers
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How to use voice notes?

I started to use Evernote, and I want to find the best system for me to work with it. I am currently thinking about how can I use voice notes. The problem that I see with voice is that you need to ...
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Managing information bits

I have had this peculiar problem for years and tried many tools to solve it, but so far none were satisfactory. I read a lot of blogs, social sites, etc. and regularly encounter very interesting ...
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Which one to use - Evernote or One Note [closed]

Since long time I am using evernote and one note. Now the problem is that my notes are distributed among two applications. I want to narrow down to one place where I can keep all my notes. However, ...