String Optionals & Notetaking
This post is about taking better notes and is inspired by Ana. Hat tip to her for these methods.
Ana uses the Cornell style of notetaking (more here), though she does it in a word document on her computer using 2-column tables, which I found very clever. Merge the cells on the last row on the bottom of the page and copy/paste the bullet-point Objectives from the C4Q site (link for Optionals) there so you have a guide as to what's important. (I downloaded Apache Office to use as a word processor.) Ana also said she keeps the notes continuously (i.e., one document for each of the seven units).
Ana also saves homework quizzes, midday check-ins, and full lessons as PDFs and then opens them in Adobe Reader to add comments/take notes on the pages using Reader's stickies function. I had to download Google Chrome to save web pages as PDF; Firefox and Opera required adding plug-ins.
To save a webpage in PDF using Google Chrome, go to the upper right-hand corner and click on the three vertical orange dots (just below your name), then go to print (or command + P), then change the Destination to Save as PDF (under Local Destinations).
If you did not already know, command + tab will allow you to switch between open programs quickly on a Mac during a lecture.
I'm also going to resort to good old-fashioned index flash cards for cases, because I really want to get the syntaxes memorized and have the option of studying them during my commute.
Happy studying and good luck to everyone on this week's assessment.