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Does anybody use LaTeX to take notes, especially during class? If not, what do you use, especially when you need to write down equations?

Possibly, however I’ve always personally preferred to hand write all my notes. This is for a number of reasons, the first of which being I find it significantly easier to listen and write than I do listen and type. Whilst competent in [math] \LaTeX [\math], I would not consider it a subconscious action in the same way I do handwriting, therefore some element of concentration will have to devoted to ensuring my syntax is write and that I haven’t mistyped anything. Secondly, when I was younger a teacher would always tell us that you’ll retain far more knowledge by writing something down instead of typing it. Whilst i’m not sure how robust the evidence on this is, a quick Google search does return numerous articles and papers reiterating this teachers message. Finally, as many others have correctly said in other answers, adding in diagrams is a lot easier (albeit messier, in my case at least!) by hand than in [math] \LaTeX [\math] and dependent on the course you take, there could be a lot of diagrams… In my opinion the optimum solution is to take notes by hand in the lecture, then at the end of the day, type a condensed and concise version of these notes up in [math] \LaTeX [\math]. I’ve always worked on trying to keep each lectures notes between half a side and one full side of A4 to enforce conciseness. This will benefit you in two ways, the first of which being to improve your [math] \LaTeX [\math] abilities, but also it’s commonly accepted that re-visiting material within 24 hours of first exposure enhances memory retention. Hope this helps!

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Best regards, [a name] Dear [a name], thanks for your interest in the information contained in this answer, and I am very pleased to hear that you enjoy working in [math] \LaTeX [\math] as you are definitely doing your brain very good work. As many learners I can see a strong benefit in taking Notes by Hand and not just typing them up in your text editor when you are done. As with everything else, practice, practice, practice is the keys here. It sounds an awful lot like a form of learning, and it certainly makes me go back to the notes again to try and find mistakes and/or missing information. I'm pretty sure I'm still going to be using [math] \LaTeX [\math] as I find it far simpler to work with than Word, however the extra benefit is certainly one to consider. What is it like to write text on the blackboard, by hand? My answer.

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