I like to take notes and over the years I’ve tried many different methods. Started with text notes and progress to on-line services like EverNote. I also use OneNote from MS. All are great platforms and great tools but there is usually one hiccup.
I recently started a class on Coursera and wanted equations in my notes but did not want to switch to LaTex as I’m not proficient enough to be fast and take notes in real-time. Org-mode became a good compromise. I could take notes and throw in equations:
Same goes for adding a simple table:
Or a list:
If I need to share my notes, I can easily generate a PDF or HTML directly from org-mode. And working within org-mode is really fast and functional, it offers neat features to re-order lines, throw in bold and underline, etc.
I also use to list URL and external links. Like this one to visit the main org-mode site.