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Outlining & Notetaking Software

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Elizabeth Kanyer

on 30 March 2014

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Memory Lifter
MindMapping & Brainstorming
inspiration software
Flashcard Exchange
Study Blue
Free flashcard software.
Students can create his or her own flashcards or use already created law school flashcards.
The StudyStack website generates over a dozen ways for users to study the information they need to learn
Not as attractive as Quizlet and StudyBlue
Available for free at http://www.studystack.com/
StudyBlue is an online studying platform for students. The website allows users to upload class study materials, create electronic flashcards to study and share with others, and practice quizzes.
The flashcards on StudyBlue do actually flip (not just the words) and its quiz function creates a beautiful interactive multiple choice quiz for any set of cards.
Database is not as big as Quizlet
Available for free at http://www.studyblue.com/
Quizlet is a free flashcard maker device.
Includes hundreds of law course flashcards made by other users.
Largest database of flashcards.
Does not require sign up to make cards
Allows students to make their own flash cards.
Voice recording abilities
Used by both students and teachers to facilitate learning
Available for free at http://quizlet.com/
With Cram.com, you can use their web-based flashcard maker to create your own set. Once you create your online flashcards, you will be able to study, export or even share it with your fellow classmates.
Hundreds of law related topics already created that are easy to search for.
Attractive interface.
Available on computers, laptops, phones, and tablets.
Reviewed well online.
Available at http://www.cram.com/

Most popular among students.
Includes flexibility in structure by offering up to five levels of hierarchy, and is compatible with other Microsoft programs, such as Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Click anywhere on the page
No major disadvantages, but it does not sync to mobile devices quite as well as Evernote.
This is probably the best all-around program for classroom note taking and subsequent organization and review of substantive materials.
Student version is $79.99, free trial version available.
Download at office.microsoft.com.

• While most Microsoft Office Software has Mac versions, OneNote is not one of them. However, the Notebook layout template through Word for Mac comes close as it has all the organizational and note taking capabilities necessary for effective note taking.
• Disadvantages are similar to those listed above for OneNote.
• Student version is $79.99, free trial version available. Download at office.microsoft.com.

• Notebook for Mac allows you to share files with the mobile versions of Notebooks on the iPad and iPhone, so you can conveniently work on your documents from your desktop, but also on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch when you are on your way.
• Notebook combines free-form note taking, outlining, sketching, diagramming, PDF mark-up, spreadsheet-like tables and audio recording.
• It can be purchased at the App Store for $59.99 and includes a free trial.

Evernote is effective for organizing loose and unconnected ideas. It is useful for copying and pasting outside materials from websites and emails. Evernote it is great for organizing class notes with to-do lists and meetings.
It can sync with other mobile devices.
Evernote has less capabilities than OneNote, and so information is harder to find sometimes.
This program is better for the student that wishes to organize their entire life at law school in one place, rather than strictly the classroom materials. Evernote would be helpful with regards to extra curricular activities, networking, outside studying, and classroom. For strictly academic note taking, OneNote is probably better.
Evernote is web-based. There is a free version, and a monthly fee version. There is no student discount. To install, visit www.evernote.com or look on the App Store for Mac users.

• Inspiration is a “mind mapping” program that converts written notes or outlines into pictorial diagrams. Information can go back and forth between the two. Good tool to help develop and organize a schema, and especially good for topics that seem insurmountable; because it helps students find a starting point and develop the idea.
• There are other mind mapping software programs, but Inspiration was made for teachers and for educational purposes, and is great for law students.
• 30 day free trial available, the program is $69. Download at store.inspiration.com

• Allows for graphical outlines or flowcharts.
• Can integrate the creations into word processing documents.
• $299 to but after a free 21 day trial that can be downloaded from: http://www.mindjet.com/us/

• Usually free on most Macs (only compatible with Mac platforms).
• Visual outlining program that helps students to create flowcharts and other graphical representations.
• Available for purchase for $34.99.

You can use Text 2 Mind Map for free, but it is easier and more fun with an account. There is no subscription period, you can cancel at any time.
Downside is that it works through commands, so does not provide for easy clicking
Free, but subscription available starting at $5.
Available at https://www.text2mindmap.com/

• Program is only available for Mac users.
• Allows for a variety of outlines and provides organizational suggestions.
• It allows you to organize various aspects of your life, everything from class notes, to lists, to your budget and is able to be used on your ipad. You can also share information with others.
• It can be purchased for $49.99 after a free 14 day trail from: http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnioutliner/

Easiest and most attractive mind mapping platform
Highly reviewed online
ExamTime was specifically created with students and teachers in mind.
Easy to share between classmates
Available on laptop, tablet, and ipads.
available for free at https://www.examtime.com/mind-maps/
Litigation specific outlining tools
Available through Lexis Nexis representatives
Plenty of sorting options. Ability to link to externing images and videos.
Easy exporting to word documents
The major downside is that notemap feels old and outdated in comparison to onenote.

And Outlining

Free flashcard software
Create your own flashcards
Not as attractive or interactive as StudyBlue or Quizlet
Free software available at http://www.memorylifter.com/about.html
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