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Taking notes during the videos?
I noticed he mentions to "take some notes" when talking of this course. Which, personally, I thought was a great idea. Is there a way to have a pop up window on the site to type up notes that I can go back to? Like you can open up a workspace, is there an openable 'note page'?
Ok, so teamtreehouse doesnt have an internal note taking page/system then? I'll probably try to use google docs as well if that's the case. Thanks Ariel :)!
Ariel Aronica6,646 Points
I could be completely wrong, which is why I'm not going to post this as an answer, but if you open up a new workspace Team Treehouse has a welcome.md file that pops up and gives you info... I wonder if you can use that same format for note-taking and save your notes as a notes.md file. I looked it up and it looks as though .md is a "rich-text" document. Check it out. You wouldn't be previewing or anything, simply a text document. I would personally stick with something that doesn't take up your limited amount of space for workspaces. You might even be able to add that type of document to the workspace you are working on with no connection to the other files.
eric robertson4,876 Points
Pencil and paper works great for me.
Jonathan GrieveTreehouse Moderator 91,243 Points
I always take notes for any video of anything i think is important.
i use Evernote for note taking as it is mobile so you can take notes on the go and the app is great. There's plenty of space on the freeplan for lots of notetaking month on month if you're not so heavy on uploading images. :-)
I just went there and looked, it's great! Thanks for the tip :)
I also use a note-taking specific app but mine is OneNote.
They're truly invaluable and so powerful what with all the screen clipping functionality and search and all that. They're ridiculous and no one should do any of this stuff without it afaic.
Ivars Jaundzeikars8,224 Points
Definitely. Evernote is pretty much the standard for note-taking nowadays. I use it as well, sticking with the flow.
Jason AndersTreehouse Moderator 145,854 Points
I prefer going a little old school... I use a pen and notebook. :)
Siyuan Welch3,025 Points
I prefer this way too :)
Balal Naeem7,418 Points
I am a bit like you as well.
Edwin Duenez638 Points
I prefer this as well. Any tips on how to write notes for these types of courses?
Stan Ponkin1,764 Points
I used to take separate notes for each course, but I found it easier to leave plenty of comments in my code, so when I look at it later, all the "notes" are already there. For general notes, I use paper journal that I carry with me every day. Whatever you use, make sure you go back and read it later.
Michael Rivera925 Points
I started taking notes on a hard cover sketchbook 2 days ago and I wished I'd done it a long time ago. I've never been fond of writing with pen and paper, I've always used Evernote. But there's something with taking notes on a blank page that makes you enjoy the learning process even more. Concepts and ideas are better understood when you try to explain them on paper because you're always looking to choose the "perfect" words so you don't ruin the pages of your journal or sketchbook. Nevertheless, you can go crazy and draw or write anything to remind you of a concept. For example, I draw the CSS Box Model on my CSS notes with color pens. you can draw wire frames too! and copy them digitally later if neccesary. the posibilities are ENDLESS! And if you use Evernote and want to have your notes with you digitally just scan the page with the built in document scanner and that's it! Get a sketchbook journal, four color pens and get to it!
Heidi Bada14,197 Points
I'm definitely a notebook student. Then whenever I make a new website, I flip back to page 1 and start structuring pages, then adding CSS, and so on. I do the same thing with the Python course. After a while, I re-write the notes so they are more concise and organized for my workflow. Works every time!
Clayton Rector1,582 Points
I use OS X's Notes app to copy/paste teacher's notes in for each lesson. I add my own clarifications and notes to that and then copy over everything to Evernote for long-term reference after organizing and formatting them.
It's a longer process, but it forces me to re-read everything, which helps me retain the knowledge!
Kevin Archer2,619 Points
I hope Treehouse don't mind me posting a YouTube link, but I found this video by the ever informative Crash Course guys extremely helpful: https://youtu.be/E7CwqNHn_Ns
A few different techniques are recommended, with a good mix of different media used between them.
It really helped me when I was struggling to find the 'perfect' note taking method. I found that taking rough notes which I then converted to fully detailed versions for long term reference was my preferred method.
Hope you all find a technique which works for you!
Jeff Lemay14,268 Points
I don't believe this is a feature, although you could use a workspace just for taking notes.
But, you're probably better off using your own program (like your text editor or MS Word) just so you always have access to your notes if you have to cancel your subscription or treehouse goes away (NO!).
Neil dela Cruz2,272 Points
I seconded Heidi Bada. I'm a hardcore notebook user. But I also use AnkiDroid later for reviewing some of the important points discussed (properties, values, elements) in the topics I'm into. This piece of software helps me solidify what I've been learning so far by using flashcards to remember crucial points. I also use this to my English learning subject. Check this out:
OMER BALAK4,255 Points
I recommend to use apple devices notes application !
Victor Velasquez4,395 Points
Overall, I prefer pausing the video to write everything down by hand, sometimes recreating the screen graphics in my notebook. I think it helps with memory retention and it breaks up the time I spend from looking at the screen. I'm also an artist/designer so perhaps this is why this works for me.
anthony compres2,259 Points
that is what I do too.
That is my method too! :)
bhavitvya malikCourses Plus Student 700 Points
if something's important, i make a comment entry in my file only, next to that code instead of writing it down.
Roland Ye3,350 Points
if you want to go simple, just create a file in work space like "note.css" or something, and take notes there. It's easy and you can switch back and forth between your code and your notes. Use the /******************/ to comment out if you want.
Adebayo Ojo23,661 Points
I have a hardnote where I document my learning. I also make note of important points within the codes. I think using evernote would be a good idea in case I lose my hardnote or my computer crashes.
Vincentius Ronalto4,432 Points
I prefer you have one notebook for taking down the web development/programming study because it will connect your kinesthetic and your long-term memory, and stick your note on the wall for very important things, you can read it while you lie down in bed :D (ex: CSS box model or media query or display.... so many) but also you do have a save file of your note in the computer or google doc, make a separate folder for project, note, and games! things can become messy easily it is not only how do you take note, but how do you take note so you can access it later! :D
Daniel Jaquez2,430 Points
I second the apple notes app, you can take it with you and add notes on the go
Francis Wanyonyi6,768 Points
I find old fashioned note taking (Pen & Paper) works for me. Pausing a video allows me to stop and think about concepts while not missing any content as I am not multi-tasking for that moment.
Henry MontoyaFront End Web Development Techdegree Student 10,954 Points
I use OmniOutliner. It allows me to create outlines and always come back to add new ones or remove them. The basic font formats and linking are also available. The benefit is as I'm learning, I'm realizing the notes can be better recategorized and add external notes I find online later on the same topic. It allows for attachment and even voice recording. It also allows for adding more column types.
Ariel Aronica6,646 Points
Ariel Aronica6,646 Points
I use google docs when it's time to take notes.