Take Class Notes Using One Page of Paper

How many of you spend dollars upon dollars buying cheap paper to take notes on? Your all just as guilty as I am. How many of you spend three to five page of paper to take lecture notes in class. Sometimes I use even more if I just write on one side with pen. What if there was a way, and don't get all excited now, that you fit all your hand written note on one page per lecture? With a little bit of ingenuity and handwriting skills, you can definitely pull this trick off. And don't forget, you're not doing this for yourself, you're doing it for mother nature and its trees. Imagine how many trees you'll save after you finish college. 

I came up with this idea when I was taking a 2.5 hour long engineering class. If I had it my way, I would have taken notes using my laptop. However, writing down equations just isn't as fast on a computer than it would be by hand. So if your in a similar situation, I can show you how to turn your 6-8 pages of notes, into exactly one sheet of paper.

What you'll need:
  • A fine point pen (Pentel R.S.V.P. brand work well)
  • Good handwriting skills (might be tough on the guys)
  • (1) Sheet of white copy paper folded in half, hot dog style
The only way this strategy will work is if you have superb penmanship. Unfortunately, if you're sloppy and write large, then it'll be difficult to squeeze in all your notes into one page. Normally, when we take notes on a line page of paper, we leave a large portion of that sheet blank. This is a result of the lines that divide the paper. In addition, the margins on both the left and write are practically left blank. Seriously, who goes back to add notes in those areas. By using a clean white sheet of paper, you're given a blank slate to write on. The first thing you want to do is split the paper in half, hot dog style. Begin writing from the left to the write, starting from the very top and ending at the very bottom. After you finish writing your notes, you'll notice that you've used the entire sheet. 

Some potential problems do arise if you're unable to write with precision and good handwriting. You might find yourself gouging your eyes as it becomes impossible to read your notes. However, if you look at the example image, you'll notice that the written text is clearly legible. So if your penmanship is bad, you might want to give up on this method.

Do you remember those cool guys that walk into class with one paper and pen? If you want to be like them, then this strategy is definitely for you. Trust me, this will help keep your binder less cluttered and full. Also, you'll keep yourself from losing your documents with the less you carry. Now if your in a class where you can use your laptop, then obviously use your laptop. This tutorial is good for courses where you don't have that luxury.