I found out last time I was in school that I really enjoy taking long-hand notes IN class, then transcribing them to a typed format AFTER class. As a first step to committing things to memory it works really well. So the big question is: into what format should I be entering my notes?
First I thought big. What about a Wiki of my very own? It would do everything I needed and then some. However, after playing with it for an hour I quickly realized it is a LOT more work than simple note-taking should be. If my goal is to have a beautiful, well cross-referenced set of notes, Wiki might be the way to go. But thats silly, I just want to be able to look up stuff while studying and not miss a homework deadline. Nobody keeps notes nice enough to turn in. Those are called Lecture Notes. Ha ha.
So Im looking for some software to invest in to do my note-taking, homework-tracking, paper-researching, and any other labor-intensive schoolwork which could benefit from the organizational power of a computer. Im not looking for a lot of bells and whistles, but built-in hypertext would be a pretty handy feature.
I use a Macbook, and found some reviews of competing programs. Lifehacker has a further list. Have any of you Mac users out there tried out these tools? Im open to suggestions and feedback, so geek out on me, here! In fact, if I choose a tool based on your suggestion you will win a free thing. Yes, a FREE THING! Ill even ship it to you.