Going paperless: It’s not as hard as you think

November 20th, 2014


I’d like you to stop and think for just a moment about how much paper you use in a given day. How about a week? A semester?


If you’re like myself and many others, you’ve probably realized by now that students use a ton of paper. Whether it be for notes, essays or even your 800 page textbook you’ve opened once, the amount of paper the average student uses in a school year is staggering.


Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “What choice do I have?” Well, as it turns out, there are a few options available to us that can help us reduce our paper use.


The easiest way that one can reduce  paper use is to take notes on a computer. Programs like Word offer formats that make it very easy to organize thoughts and ideas; bullet points, letter-number systems, etc. You can also do things in Word that prove difficult to do in writing, such as bolding/highlighting key ideas, italicizing words, etc. In addition, it’s much easier to organize a few Word documents on your desktop than it is to carry around five or six notebooks and binders at a time. And since you can always save files in the cloud or on Google Drive, your notes become accessible anywhere that you can find Wi-Fi.


Another way in which we can reduce our paper use is to buy electronic copies of our textbooks instead of physical copies. Nothing is more arduous than carrying around three or four textbooks at a time; wouldn’t you rather just carry around your laptop? On average, while the prices are still unreasonable, the electronic copy also costs a lot less than the paper copy. Who couldn’t use a few extra dollars in their pockets? And, like electronic notes, electronic copies of books can be accessed anywhere that you have WiFi.


The last option for reducing our paper use is to use tablets, or 2-in-1 PC’s. They allow you the same comfort of hand writing notes, with the benefit of not having to carry around countless binders and books. They still function as normal laptops, with the added convenience of being much smaller than the average laptop.


So, if you’re looking to replace your laptop, you might want to consider a 2-in-1.


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