Hundreds of back up solutions exist to protect your important computer data, but have you ever thought about the consequences of losing your class notes? The tools of your craft, the countless hours of hard work capturing the subtle hints the lecturer makes. Imagine leaving your binder at the library the day before a midterm or spilling a whole cup of coffee while reviewing yesterday’s 3 hour lecture? Unless you take all your notes on your PC, this is a very real problem just waiting to happen.

Problem: Risk of losing hand written notes.

Solution: Scan your notes and save them to your computer. 

The act of scanning all your lecture notes can be time consuming, but scanners with automatic document feeders (Epson WorkForce 610 for example) can simplify this task, adding only a few extra minutes to your processing workflow.  Although the price of such hardware may be out of most student’s price range, the peace of mind is well worth the cost. In addition to backing up your lecture notes, keeping digital copies allows you to leave your clumsy binder at home and travel with your notebook or access your notes on the go via Dropbox for iPhone. If you want to go all out, you can even use a Wacom tablet (Bamboo anyone?) to add additional notes to your digital note copies. 

The possibilities are endless, but at the end of the day you’ve protected yourself against the worst and that’s what’s most important. 

Questions or comments? Post them in the comments section below or fire me an email at luke@hackcollege.com