Looking for some good templates for creating lecture notes to be given to students.

Mainly for computer science subjects. More frequently need short lecture notes.

  • Could you please be more specific. What kind of lecture notes (complete text or just an outline)? What subject?
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 6:08

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I know that the beamer documentclass provides some information on "Splitting a Course Into Lectures" (see Section 9.4 on p 81 of the package documentation) by means of the command \lecture. From the package documentation:

When using beamer with the article mode, you may wish to have the lecture notes of a whole course reside in one file. In this case, only a few frames are actually part of any particular lecture.

The \lecture command makes it easy to select only a certain set of frames from a file to be presented. This command takes (among other things) a label name. If you say \includeonlylecture with this label name, then only the frames following the corresponding \lecture command are shown. The frames following other \lecture commands are suppressed.

By default, the \lecture command has no other effect. It does not create any frames or introduce entries in the table of contents. However, you can use \AtBeginLecture to have BEAMER insert, say, a title page at the beginning of (each) lecture.

It also provides you with the means to produce "handouts" of your lectures via the documentclass option


On "Creating the Handout", the package documentation mentions:

Once your talk is fixed, you can create a handout, if this seems appropriate. For this, you can use the class option handout as explained in Section 21.1. Typically, you might wish to put several handout slides on one page, see below on how to do this easily.

You may also wish to create an article version of your talk. An "article version" of your presentation is a normal TeX text typeset using, for example, the document class article or perhaps llncs or a similar document class. The BEAMER class offers facilities to have this version coexist with your presentation version in one file and to share code. Also, you can include slides of your presentation as figures in your article version. Details on how to setup the article version can be found in Section 21.2.

If your interested in following an example of how to set up a presentation/lecture using beamer, consider the bed-time reading of Beamer by Example by Andrew Mertz & William Slough - part of PracTeX Journal 2005, no 4.

In addition to the above suggested reading, Googling for 'beamer templates' leads to some links that will give you a good feel for what beamer can do, and get you started:


I have recently come across this video "How I take notes as a Math major using Vim + LaTeX" by Gilles Castel. He also elaborated on detailed blog. I feel the template given by the author is very beautiful. Sadly, it's mentioned in a comment below the video that he has passed away. I would like to share his contribution so that many people can benefit from it. Please download his template from here.

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I use my willowtreebook class. It is drawn from the memoir class, but with a simpler interface and automatic selection of my favourite defaults for the memoir class. For example, it colour code chapters automatically. You can see my lecture notes on my web page.

You might also look at Best LaTeX Templates for books and lecture notes

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