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If you love the Cornell note-taking method (here‘s more info about it) and you want to be able to do so in your ipad, most likely, you are disappointed due to the lack of apps catering to this need yet. As I grew tired of waiting for an app, I decided to just create my own template in pages. Now, I can take cornell notes in my ipad as well using only the pages app, which most people probably have already.

I’ve set up the template to be in horizontal (landscape) mode by default which is how people usually take their notes using the ipad.

Just download the pages template here and create duplicates of the pages to create more. You can use this in the ipad and in your mac by using the pages application in the iwork suite. Good luck.

Updated version here: now with autoflow

Also, there is only one app so far for the ipad w/c makes use of a cornell-style note pad and that is noteshelf. The app is actually for hand-written notes and is actually quite excellent from my experience so far. Be sure to purchase a good stylus to be used together with noteshelf. The targus stylus for capacitive screens is very good, so go check that out.

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How to make audio codals?

Posted: February 11, 2011 in How to Guides
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Apart from the pdf, law students can also study by converting their reading materials to audio (i.e. mp3 files). Doing this would allow you to continue studying with just your mp3 player.

How is it done?

1. Once again, you’ll need an electronic device such as a computer to do this.

2. Then, you need to access sites where there are electronic copies of jurisprudence and codals, e.g., Revised Penal Code, Civil Code, etc. Sites like chanrobles and lawphil have some very good content in there so better check those.

3. You need to have a software which converts text-to-speech. For PC users, textaloud is a very good example. For mac users, you may want to look at CK’s text to speech converter.

4. Both programs will convert whatever text you have to your desired audio formats so all that is left for you to do is to place them in your mp3 player such as an ipod and listen to them through your earphones.

Of course, listening to the same old voice might bore people. That isn’t a problem as both options mentioned earlier provides for a lot of different voices you may choose so as not to make listening boring. Hope that helps.

How to make pdf versions of Codals?

Posted: February 11, 2011 in How to Guides
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The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a law student is that it is a person who carries a lot of books with him. This might be very difficult for some people as they have to carry all those heavy books and copies of cases with them while transporting on their way to school.

So, what is the solution? Make pdf versions of (possibly) everything.

How is it done?

1. First, you have to have an electronic device such as a laptop, netbook or a tablet reader such as an ipad.

2. Then, you need to access sites where there are electronic copies of jurisprudence and codals, e.g., Revised Penal Code, Civil Code, etc. Sites like chanrobles and lawphil have some very good content in there so better check those.

3. After which, you need to ensure that you have a program in your computer which can create pdf copies out of websites. For PC users, you may look at the free foxit software. For Mac users, the default pdf viewer (preview) already has this function so no need to install anything.

4. Once you have the necessary software installed, go back to the site where the codals or cases are located and try to print them. For PC users, select the foxit software as the reader and it will automatically save the document as a pdf. For Mac, there’s a “pdf” button located in the print window that you may select to save it as a pdf. (please leave comments or email me in case you’re having trouble in doing this step.)

5. Once you have the pdf files, then you don’t need to have to carry around so many books everyday in class. Also, reading from your computer might be difficult for some people as they’re not use to it but believe give it some time and it will grow on you. Both PC and Mac users are given lots of tools in reading electronically such as the ability to use the highlighter function (in different colors) and other annotating tools to help you in studying.

All in all, I think that doing this is more cost-effective for students as this dispenses the need to buy some books and photocopy cases, not to mention that this would also help our environment as we are reducing the number of papers we used. So, that’s it everyone. Hope this little guide help you make the switch from reading physical paper materials to their electronic versions.