Just finished Physics I and II, and getting ready to start Thermo/Stat Mech, Wave/Particle Theory (Modern Physics), ODE, Electronics lab, and a Cryptography elective next week. When I look back at how I took and organized notes, I feel that I wasted a lot of time shuffling through loose leaf papers, a wirebound notebook, and a gigantic binder of all subjects (with a three-hole punch always nearby) to keep everything in chronological order. Then not to mention having that stack of papers commingled with scratch paper full of calculations which I should've discarded more regularly. I would really like to have a "standard" that will work for everything. I figured that since our Physics labs require the use of Quad-ruled composition books, that maybe I should use them for every class. One for class notes, and the other for doing homework problems (perhaps work out the problem correctly on scratch paper and immediately recopy it into the notebook). Some other tidbits to help understand my situation: 1. I always use pen because I feel it's a waste of time to erase things. Better to cross out and start over again. Might use more paper in the end, but pen just feels right. 2. I've read some study tips here and think I need to stay on a regimented course of reading the book ahead of time. 3. I hated taking verbatim notes in class and started taking pictures of the board, which the professor didn't mind. I think it really helped me understand the ideas and concepts better. 4. I'm not sure if we'll get many handouts for these classes, but guess I could use a small binder to keep them all together. 5. I seem to always be torn between the enforced linearity of a bound notebook vs the freedom and "ease" of doing stuff on loose leaf. 6. I also love using blank copy paper for doing work because ruled lines annoy me. Having quad ruled notebooks may impair visibility and clarity. In summary, I guess I have this dream of accumulating all my notebooks in a consistent form factor, as if they were on a bookshelf and all looked the same. I'd greatly appreciate hearing from anyone that has perfected a system that's worked for them successfully and consistently in courses and elsewhere. Thank you!