I'm planning on using the latex skills that I've been practicing in vim to the English classes I'm taking next semester. Have you lainions tried that for your college classes? Also how should format the bibliography to adhere to the mla standards of today.
>>163 >just write in Markdown or something and use Pandoc this. If you don't need complex bibliography or mathematical symbols, there's no need for LaTeX. Things like presentation slides can be easily done through markdown. But, if you'll use, at least enable the microtype package for good typography rendering:
You can also use Beamer to do the presentation, although, as I said, it's simpler to just go with markdown.
While my knowledge of LaTeX/TeX is not vast, it's usage during college was my life basicly. What other Lainons said, you may want to use Markdown. I gave three talks this year (6 hours in total, all done in Beamer) to introduce my peers to the TeX world, and my longer essays in Latex. However, Markdown will always be easier, and if you plan on writing your work with others, Markdown won't scare them.
As an idea worth sharing. I know you used vim and tried to get used to it, I am not trying to change that. But Emacs/org-mode is fantastic (exports to latex, markdown, etc). And the writing setup in it is much nicer (due to the ui) than in vim. Don't get me wrong, I use vis (vi improved improved, still under heavy development) to program, but org-mode/Emacs feels better for writing, especially with more complex documents, and you can always go the evil way.