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robtillaart

these kind of holes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hole_punch  -

Rob Tillaart

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wizdum

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Aug 29, 2013, 08:05 am Last Edit: Aug 29, 2013, 08:07 am by wizdum Reason: 1

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More negatives about notebooks:
- I cannot insert printed notes.
- Cannot insert notes I write on lined paper/extra notes
- Cannot insert lecture notes professor gives


Tape.  Tape.  Tape.

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- Flimsy


Get notebooks with heavy cardboard covers.



You can also buy metal rings like the ones you see in 3 ring binders, and snap them through the holes in the notebook to hold misc papers. I usually just get notebooks with built-in folders though.

I also try to take as many notes as possible in OneNote (I get Onenote for free because i'm in a CompSci major, there must be a good free alternative) on my laptop instead of writing them down. My handwriting is terrible and I can type faster than the professor can speak anyway. Its so nice being able to go to class with just my 2lb laptop, instead of 3 textbooks and 3 binders. eBooks FTW.

Coding Badly

You can also buy metal rings like the ones you see in 3 ring binders, and snap them through the holes in the notebook to hold misc papers.


I've used them several times over the years.  I worked at a company where we kept one for each project resulting in hundreds stored in a room full of shelves.  Every single one of them has ended up here.

wizdum


You can also buy metal rings like the ones you see in 3 ring binders, and snap them through the holes in the notebook to hold misc papers.


I've used them several times over the years.  I worked at a company where we kept one for each project resulting in hundreds stored in a room full of shelves.  Every single one of them has ended up here.



Should have burned or recycled them. Better for the environment.

012anonymousxyz

Haha, okay, are we on the same page here?

When I say notebooks, I mean these:
http://www.staples.ca/en/Hilroy-Notebooks/brandedcat_CL200436_Hilroy_50314_2-CA_1_20001

And when I say 2 inch binders, I mean these:
http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Durable-Binder-11-Inch-17032/dp/B001B0CTMU

So the notebook is light and compact, but one cannot move around pages.
The 2 inch binder takes up ALOT of room, but you can shuffle around pages.

Robert, you say there are notebooks where pages can be added? I looked around a bit. Not sure what to google. Tried 'notebook add pages', 'dynamic notebooks', '3 ring notebooks.' Lol.

You can also buy metal rings like the ones you see in 3 ring binders, and snap them through the holes in the notebook to hold misc papers.


Now THAT seems like an option (if this notebook Robert was talking about does not pan out).



wizdum

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Aug 30, 2013, 06:09 am Last Edit: Aug 30, 2013, 06:11 am by wizdum Reason: 1

Haha, okay, are we on the same page here?

When I say notebooks, I mean these:
http://www.staples.ca/en/Hilroy-Notebooks/brandedcat_CL200436_Hilroy_50314_2-CA_1_20001

And when I say 2 inch binders, I mean these:
http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Durable-Binder-11-Inch-17032/dp/B001B0CTMU

So the notebook is light and compact, but one cannot move around pages.
The 2 inch binder takes up ALOT of room, but you can shuffle around pages.

Robert, you say there are notebooks where pages can be added? I looked around a bit. Not sure what to google. Tried 'notebook add pages', 'dynamic notebooks', '3 ring notebooks.' Lol.

You can also buy metal rings like the ones you see in 3 ring binders, and snap them through the holes in the notebook to hold misc papers.


Now THAT seems like an option (if this notebook Robert was talking about does not pan out).





If you do go with the notebook with snap rings, I recommend you go to the store to buy them. Some of them are absolute crap. I believe the ones I used were just the generic Staples brand.

Staples.ca is being a PITA and not letting me look at any products until I enter a CA postcode (you trying to keep the prices a secret or something?). Here's what I use:
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Accel-Durable-Poly-Cover-Notebook-3-Subject-8-1-2-inch/product_892274
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Loose-Leaf-Rings-1-inch-Size-Silver/product_481326

If those links don't work for you, the product ID is the number after the "product_" in the links. You should be able to find them that way, unless you have uber secret Canadian product IDs too.

The pages are perforated and 3-hole punched, so if you need to move them around you can.

Coding Badly

Should have burned or recycled them. Better for the environment.


You assume those were viable options at the time and place they were discarded.

wizdum


Should have burned or recycled them. Better for the environment.


You assume those were viable options at the time and place they were discarded.



I refuse to live anywhere where campfires are banned.

piratebrian

Some tips:

-The first step in taking good notes is to eat well and get enough sleep. 
-I found writing on paper plates very pleasant because they felt like steering wheels of knowledge.
-write down anything on the board the teacher would write,
-write in primarily diagrams starting at the center of the page, writing small, details out to edge with arrows
-use symbols to represent transitional relationships like:
   -therefore (three dots) 
        .
      .   .
   - skipped non essential derivation
       [wavy bird line with its wings flapping]
   - this comes from this
        f(x)= a* sin(bx+c)+d
                           \
                             \_____b= 40*arctan (3pie)
-own a pen/or pencil you like alot that feels smooth on the paper
-Every Thursday night, review notes for the week, and combine them into a small type study guide. It is amazing how less intimidating the material is if it only as big as a note card.   


012anonymousxyz

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Sep 05, 2013, 01:36 am Last Edit: Sep 06, 2013, 03:45 pm by 012anonymousxyz Reason: 1

      [wavy bird line with its wings flapping]
  - this comes from this
       f(x)= a* sin(bx+c)+d
                          \
                            \_____b= 40*arctan (3pie)

What...? Lol


  - skipped non essential derivation
-Every Thursday night, review notes for the week, and combine them into a small type study guide. It is amazing how less intimidating the material is if it only as big as a note card.  

I can't skip derivations. Ever heard of engineering sciences program? It is pretty much built on fundamental maths.
And I'm never gonna be able to condense a week's material into a small card. I assume anyway for now.

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