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    Need Help With Class Notes?

    Going to class means taking a lot of notes. It's no different here at Florida Career College, where most students take both concentration and general education courses. Very often, notes can be disorganized and if your handwriting is as bad as mine, a real challenge to read later on.

    But notes are incredibly important to help you get through your program. If you haven't already investigated ways to use your computer or laptop to organize notes, you're in luck. There is a lot of software out there, and most allow for free trials.

    If you're the old-fashioned type who likes to study with notecards, try StudyMinder Flashcards free for 30 days. StudyMinder can take any electronic media and create a flashcard from it, or you can type one up on your system. It offers lots of different fonts, colors and highlights. You can print out cards, or have them flash at your from your screen. It provides hints, offers a true/false study guide—even a Hangman game! $14.95 to purchase.

    Microsoft offers ClassNotes Organizer for Outlook 97/98. It's free. It's basically a data-entry system (good for those who take notes by hand as well as those who use a laptop) and lets you document and catalog each note.

    Microsoft also offers OneNote, a highly-rated product (4 out of 5 stars from over 300 CNet readers and editors), free for 60 days. OneNote lets you build your own organization, so you can make it as easy or complicated as you like. It can recognize handwritten notes, has the familiar Microsoft tabs, and is praised by users for being really easy to use. Lots of colors, lots of tabs, lots of folders for those who are learning a lot of complex ideas in classes! The 2010 version is $79.99; the  less expensive 2007 package can be found on for less.

    Jot+ Notes keeps it simple. This note/cardfile program lets you make your notes, and add subnotes to them, on and on, until you have created an actual outline that organizes the material. It can handle plug-ins as well. Free for 30 days, $29.95 to purchase.





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