Sometimes in lecture, my professors will put up huge diagrams that span the entire length of the whiteboard. Oftentimes, it can be difficult and time consuming to try to copy everything down onto your notebook. Instead, here’s a much easier solution: just take a picture of the diagram with your camera.

After class is done and before your professor erases everything, get as close as you need to in order to actually have the diagram be legible and snap away! Most likely, you’ll have to take multiple pictures to actually have everything readable when you look at it later. Also set your camera to take pictures at the largest resolution possible, so you can clearly zoom in on details when you view the snaps on your computer later. Finally, be sure the pictures don’t come out blurry before you leave the room – you probably can’t take another picture later!

This is a great trick to not only save you from having to meticulously copy the diagram, but also give you room to just listen and follow along to your professor’s lecture instead of vigorously taking notes. This same picture-taking trick also works great if you don’t have a scanner, but you need to email documents to someone. So next time, just remember how powerful and versatile your smartphone’s camera can really be!

Do you have any other tips on how to take legible pictures of diagrams? Let us know in the comments!

[Photo courtesy of Flickr user Blitzen the Demoralizer. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.]