The first few weeks in college can be difficult, especially for new students with a “first-time out” fever. They may feel ready for lectures and homework, but it never hurts to have all the tools of organization and silence close at hand.
Dormitories are noisy. Block out the noise with a set of wireless over-ear headphones. Bose Quiet Comfort headphones have active noise cancellation technology so you only hear what’s coming through the headphones. They are very comfortable and even when you are not listening to loud music, you still cannot hear what other people are saying. They also have microphones for phone calls and the quality is crystal clear. Although it has a nice pair of headphones, over-ear headphones are better for long-term use in a comfortable environment.
Students can take most of their notes on computers and phones, but studies have shown that it’s easier to remember things when writing them down. The Rocketbook notebook or planner takes what you write with an erasable pen and saves it digitally. The Panda Organizer has space for schedules, notes, goals, and more. Other Rocketbooks have lines, graphics, and even cards printed on inkjet paper until you’re ready to start over. Once you’ve finished the week or month or filled out a notebook with a class of class notes, take a picture with the Rocketbook app and upload it to a folder in Google Drive. You can also email it to yourself or share it with others. After saving notes, wipe the pages with a damp cloth and start over.
Taking notes on the teacher’s hanging screen is a challenge. Often times you’ll see students (and conference attendees) taking screenshots for later reference. The iPhone has a feature in its Notes app that makes this much easier. When you want to save something on a display or a page outside of the book, open the Notes app and choose “Scan Text”. Then describe what you want to save in a small window on the screen. Like magic, these words are now in digital text format in your note. Each note is also searchable by keywords, and you can put notes in different folders to organize them. It’s a great way to save everything you need for the course and share it with others.
For Android users, there is Google Keep. It doesn’t transcribe the hard copy into digital text, but you can save your photos and notes to Google Keep and organize them into folders. Add website pages, calendar events, audios, and just about anything else to this folder that you can share with other classmates.