A Note Taking Dream: Microsoft OneNote
By Linda S Pogue
Recently, I was priviledged to learn how to use Microsoft OneNote. There are so many ways to keep notes and information in this software that I would recommend it to my students and fellow learners without reservation. You can set up a notes page for each class. In each class section, you can pull in information from Web pages (with reference information), add files needed for that class, such as assignment instructions, and save images from cameras or the Web for use in papers. You can set up a separate tab for each assignment, where you can keep record of the resources you used for papers, among other pertinent information.
If you take face-to-face classes and have a laptop, you can type lecture notes right into the course section. Each entry is dated, and gives you the opportunity to add any files to it that you need. Did the instructor send you a spreadsheet to review for a finance class? Save it to the course section and have it handy when you need it. You won't have to search your hard drive to figure out where you saved it.
I wish I had had this software and a laptop when I was taking face-to-face classes. It would have made taking notes so much easier. For my online classes, it would have make it easier to keep up with my schedule and when assignments were due. If you are looking for software to help you manage your college courses, I highly recommend OneNote.