Before I started at USC, the program decided to go as paperless as possible. With this decision, there have been a few hurdles but many benefits! It has challenged us (the students) to modify our learning strategies and for some implement new note taking strategies. Thanks to my super smart classmates, I was introduced to several great electronic resources. Here is my top 5 Resources that got me through this semester.
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1. My friend and classmate Josh Miller introduced my to how useful Evernote can be (he also gets credit for introducing me to Mindmeister). Evernote is where I keep all my lecture notes, objectives and just about everything related to school. I pay for a premium membership, which allows you us to upload almost an endless number of notes per month and when each slide of a PowerPoint is a note there can be many notes in a month. It also allows you to access your notebooks (you can create various notebooks for different subjects) offline. So when your traveling or your power goes out you can still access all your notes. Other advantages of using Evernote include:
- Automatic backup of your notes (while connected to the internet) (can you imagine your computer dies that weekend before a big test and there goes all your note!- THIS HAPPENS, do not think you are the exception!!!)
- You can download Evernote on you iPad, iPhone, and android devices. That means you have access to all of your notes all of the time!! Only us study hungry PA students can understand this kind of excitement. I have take advantage of this on many occasions (waiting in lines, while someone else is driving you, at dinner when your significant other is not looking you can double check which CN are innervating your face).
- You can easily organize all of your notes. Note can be organized into notebooks and tagged with a tag. For example if your professor spends a lot time on a certain subject/slide or flat out tells you need to know this, you can tag the note with “Memorize” or “Need to know”. You can also use the tag “clinical” which will help you before you go clinical rotations when you go back to review. Once you start to accumulate many notes with the same tag across many notebooks you can easily view them choosing to view by the tag instead of by notebook. This also you to create connections across different subjects.
- Each note has a link that you can put in other notes to help you connect the dots of various subjects or important ideas.
- One of my favorite features is the search function. When someone (or yourself) can’t quite remember what the certain thing was, you can do a quick search across all notes or within certain tags or notebooks and QUICKLY find that answer. Without Evernote this could take you minutes to sometimes hours!
- Evernote also have a great blog with helpful tips and tricks. As well as a several other apps that you can use in conjunction with Evernote to enrich your experience.