Effectively Use of a Laptop
Last Updated on by Segun Ayo
Do an Internet search to learn more about whatever you’re studying. One of the biggest advantages of using a laptop to study is that you can access the Internet to learn more about a subject. However, make sure that you’re only using credible sources to obtain information.
For instance, you might use scholarly search engines like Google Scholar, LexisNexis, or JSTOR. These have already vetted their sources to ensure they’re credible and authoritative.
You can typically rely on websites with the extension .gov, since these are run by government institutions. Most .edu sources are also credible since these are hosted on school websites. However, students may sometimes have access to post on these sites, so evaluate these sources critically.
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Retype your notes and save them in organized files. Whether you type your notes during class or you take them by hand, chances are you jotted them down hurriedly, so they may appear messy or incomplete. After school, take a little time to type your notes into a word processor. Use complete sentences and proper grammar, then refer to these notes while you’re studying for quizzes and exams.
Save your notes in separate folders for each class. For instance, you might have a folder for English, one for History, and one for Biology. You can even have subfolders for different chapters if you prefer.
If there’s anything in your notes that doesn’t quite make sense, you’ll know you need to focus on this area as you study.
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Type out your papers so they’ll be easier to read. Most teachers these days require you to type any major research papers before you turn them in. Even if they don’t require it, typing your papers is helpful because it makes them much easier to read. It might even make writing your papers go a little faster, so you’ll have more time for things you enjoy!
Typing your papers is also helpful for editing since it allows you to easily make changes without having to start all over.
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Download any study aides recommended by your teacher. Your teacher or professor may use software that allows you to view or listen to previous lectures, learn more about a topic, ask questions, take practice quizzes, and more. If any of these are available, take advantage of them!
You can also download your own apps to learn more about a subject. For instance, if you’re taking Spanish, you might use software like Rosetta Stone to help you learn the language.
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Reach out to your teachers, professors, or classmates if you need help. If there’s anything in your textbook or notes that you don’t understand, or if there’s a topic you’d like a little more information on, try sending an email to your teacher or professor. You can also ask them if there’s another communication they prefer, like a schoolwide messaging app.
You can also use apps like Google Hangouts or Skype to form study groups with your fellow students!