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Dear Lifehacker, A combination of dire economic times and a certain level of job dissatisfaction has steered me back towards uni. I’ll be starting a course in Tasmania in mid-Feb and I was wondering what systems people were using to get the most out of their study. I’m considering going down the laptop route however feel that there are times where paper will be necessary. Is all electronic the way to go? Unfortunately I didn’t buy a tablet and can’t see myself getting one in the foreseeable future due to budget restraints. Thanks, Ryan
As my only exposure to universities in recent years has been when attending conferences, I’m definitely opening this one up to the readers, but I will make the following points first:Access to power is your biggest challenge — very few if any lecture rooms have power at every seat, and even libraries are tricky — so maximum battery life is an important consideration. Every time I’ve tested tablet PCs for note-taking, I’ve abandoned them. They seem OK for business meetings, but not for lectures where detail is more likely to be important.
Beyond that, though, I’ll ask everyone else: have you managed a wholly electronic education?