The Graphing Calculator Survival Guide

If you're anything like me, you know how boring many classes at school can get. And then you know how that boredom keeps you from paying attention sometimes... Well now there's a solution. No, not actually paying attention (duh), but using your graphing calculator a little bit differently.

I know that when I first got my graphing calculator, things were confusing. So for people who are still in that stage, I tried to make this guide as basic as possible. If I didn't clarify something well enough, leave a comment about it please.

Also, this was written specifically for the TI-89 Titanium calculator. Some things might be slightly different on other calculators and you might have to figure a few things out yourself.
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Step 2: Notes

The easiest way to get notes on your calculator is to simply open up notepad on your computer, and type up the notes.
Then open up TI Connect (It should come on a cd with your calculator) and open up all of the files on your calculator using the 'Device Explorer' function on Ti connect.
Then simply drag your notes into the folder you want them in on your calculator. It will take a second or two for it to transfer depending on the size, and then they should be on your calculator.

To access your notes on your calculator, go the the 'Apps' menu, find notefolio, and there should be a menu. Click 'Open', then find your document.

In class, you can also open up Notefolio and manually type out a few notes (rather slowly with the keys on a calculator though). To do this, open up Notefolio from the 'Apps' menu, and start a new document, and start typing.
Vulcanator4 years ago
instead of post-it notes write your "help" in a program
i draw in the graph:P then i do ostupid stuff lol
hi1114 years ago
 i've got a "TI-84 Silver Edition" but we barely use them.
TI 84 plus :P
I currently have a TI-83+. I can't download anything as of yet, so i was wondering if there is a few recipes for games with the onboard programmer.
You can make TI -BASIC programs on your calculator, but making an entire game with on the calculator would be tedious. However, you can create basic programs with Graphlink on your computer, and then send them to your calculator. Downloading games from the internet is easier though. If you want to learn TI-BASIC is great. is the best website to download games from imo.
joemonkey5 years ago
id never heard of an 89, in comparison are they better or worse than an 84+ silver edition
Aar000n3y (author)  joemonkey5 years ago
Well, I've never used an 84, sorry. I've talked to people who have though, and they switched to an 89 and they prefer it. Google it and you can probably find something to compare them.
i have a 84 plus silver edition and i love it, but looking at some of the screen shots that are there, I'm thinking that the 89+ is more advanced.
D4VOBRO5 years ago
It's so funny! Everyone that has these at my school has tetris on it and plays it all the time in just about every class! The teachers are sick of them! LOL
Some one can u make a programing guide for casio calculators
I was trying to figure out how to put games on mine. Then I realized I need to update my OS! This instructable is pretty cool. P.S. the writing on a black cover does show lightly. just don't push too hard or it might scratch perminately into the plastic.
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Step No.3 -> just writes the note ON the cover of the calculator, that way, you can just smudge them, and not get caught!
Aar000n3y (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
I like the idea... Since the cover's black though it might be hard to see but you could probably find an angle to read it from. Might have to try it this year
i don't like to memorize formulas, so i just write them on my calculator
theRIAA6 years ago
dissableing the apps menu was the first thing i did when i got my 89. it's a calculator, not a kids computer.
nsibon6 years ago is also a great site for games and other programs for calculators and computers
nsibon6 years ago
instead of always removing the batteries (which could get you called out in the class you're trying to pay attention in), hold down (starting in this order helps the most) 2ND ON LEFT RIGHT
Dorkfish926 years ago
thanks for the note part, but for some reason i get an error towards the brginning of the note transfer (PC to TI-89)
Aar000n3y (author)  Dorkfish926 years ago
What does it say?
Nevermind, it's working now. It was just my PC because I got it to work on a different one. Thanks!

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