A good place to start reading, besides here, that is, is
this is a very long URI that your will have to copy/paste into your browser.
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition comes with a nice note taking tool called Windows Journal and you can try that for awhile to see it it suits your needs.
You can get Microsoft One Note if your need move organizational capability. You can probably get that at Academic pricing through your campus bookstore, for a lot cheaper than regular retail . Before you spend the money you can download a 60 day evaluation version from Microsoft. Some vendors bundle One Note with the machine.
That should get you started.
But if that isn't enough, there are lots of students here and you can search the forum for words like student, journal and One Note
Awhile back i compiled a list of questions a student could ask to get them thinking about what kind of Tablet PC would be best suited for the way they work .
Here they are:
A few questions
What kind of student
What's your major field of study
Assuming post-secondary, does your campus support wireless connectivity
How long do you expect to have to run on batteries
Does the school provide power outlets in classroom/lecture facilities
Are you using your notebook(s) at school now? How?
Mainly lectures or labs?
As a learner are you more:
When you take notes do you
draw pictures or doodle or use mind maps
use colours as you capture information
Do your professors/teachers provide material in
In a typical week, what percentage of the time you spend on the computer do you think you will be:
using the pen interface for capturing "ink" (writing, annotations, drawing)
Do you attribute much importance to being able to converting "ink" to "text", particularly for retrieval of data and sharing it with others
Besides school related activity, things do you plan/need to do with your Tablet PC
What is the most demanding application you use on your computer(s) now