tar2009 wrote: seyhey0 wrote: weee wrote:
seyhey0 wrote:Hey - I'm in UCLA Law now... two things - first, while many people do use Macs for notes AND they partition the hard drive for exams, that is not the trend. I would still safely say that over half the students use PCs full time.
Also - and I can't stress this enough - be very wary about using a netbook for exams. They generally have smaller keyboards, and, unless you have a lot of practice typing with them, you will have trouble. Especially because you will be used to typing on your Mac and then will have to use an unfamiliar computer for exams. My strong advice is to use for exams a computer with which you are intimately familiar, and which has a full size keyboard. Trust me, on law school exams, typing is half the battle. OK, maybe 1/3 the battle - but you get the point.
How about a netbook for note taking, and a full size laptop that I will keep at home normally but bring in for exams?
Good idea! That's actually precisely what I do, and I'm very happy. I have a new-ish netbook for notes, and an old trusty Dell that is pushing 4 years old that I use at home and bring in for exams. So far, so good... it needs to get me through 2 more semesters.
So people really do get two laptops?? That seems sort of expensive. Here's my question... have encountered anyone that has had trouble partioning their mac or running the exam software on the mac (while running windows)?
1. No, I have not encountered anyone with actual trouble using a Mac. I have encountered people who just borrow PCs for exams so as not to go through the hassle, though. I do see many people, though, using Macs during exams. I can't personally testify as to how easy or hard that is.
2. Expensive to have two computers? Well, maybe, if you buy two high-end ones. I had a Dell from undergrad that is now just about 4 years old that I just kept, so that was no $$ out of my pocket. I bought a netbook for around $300 for notes and internet. You are right, though - if I didn't have a computer already and had to buy, I probably would only have bought one, and made it a full-size. Although with 20/20 hindsight, this two-computer thing is the best move I did in law school, so I'd definitely recommend it.