Last week I wrote a post entitled: “The iPad College Checklist: 8 Essential Apps For Students.” In my post, I included Evernote for iPad on this list of essentials apps for students using the iPad in school.
Since then I’ve started to review how I use this note-taking productivity app in all my workflows again. One reason for this acting can be attributed to my persisting efforts to disconnect myself from using the desktop computer and rely only on mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone.
In the past, I’ve always felt that Evernote for Mac was an important tool to have on my desktop. And now, once again (with all the new updates done to the iOS app) I feel Evernote has reinvented itself to earn a spot as one of the essential tools on my iPad.
Introducing the Green Elephant
If you were not already familiar with Evernote I encourage you to head on over to their website, take a moment to watch the introduction video and get up to speed learning how this (free) multi-capturing platform can access your valuable information (anywhere you go).
You might just be surprised — to learn how a tool like Evernote can be handy with finding solutions for many of your tasks.
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Back to School with Evernote
One of the great places were Evernote fits right in is in the classroom. Students can use Evernote in many practical and academic ways. So let’s take a look at ways that Evernote can be applied by students in school.
Ways Students can use Evernote in School
As a Digital Filing Cabinet
Evernote has created a way to save all our valuable notes together. So organizing them should be on top of our to do list. To keep everything under control. Students can create individual notebooks for their classes.
These notebooks can be tagged or label with a class subject title, a category, a semester or the school year. This will help students keep their school notes and documents organize and easy to find.
Have the Essentials Handy
Thanks to devices like the iPhone and iPad. Evernote on iOS not only makes it easy to capture things… but to also have access to them. So it’s a good practice to keep your essentials things in Evernote.
For example, a new student might find it difficult to get around an uncharted campus. To help with this uncomfortable situation. Have handy an area map of the school. This will help save time… and keep you on track to your next class.
The same can be done if you’re relying on mass transportation to get around.
- Use the Evernote clipper to visit the desired website and clip the information to Evernote. Now you can access the information anywhere you go.
Spice Up an Eating Routine
Let’s face it! After a while, all students will probably get tired of eating on campus. In preparation to spice up an eating routine in school, one of my favorite Evernote tips is to create a notebook entitled “Menus.”
Start by collecting all the menus from your favorite restaurants and take-out services near the school. Then, scan or take snapshots (with your iPhone or iPad) of the menus and upload them to Evernote. Now all this captured information (stored inside your Notebook) will make it easy to choose your next meal, and place your order when you need a change.
Make your Next Lecture an Audio Note
Audio notes in Evernote can be easily captured via the built-in microphone on the iPhone and iPad. This is quite helpful when someone doesn’t feel up to speed with their notetaking skills.
Now, there’s no reason to worry about missing valuable information during those long lectures hours in class. Just sit back — pay attention and hit record. (Just remember to kindly inform the speaker that you are recording.)
Take Snapshots to Quickly Jog your Memory
One awesome way to use Evernote in the classroom is to use the built-in camera on the iPhone (or iPad) to capture the blackboard or whiteboard during a classroom session.
This modern-day note-taking trick becomes valuable later at review time. When it’s time to remember the important points that were covered and discussed in the class.
Scan Handwritten Notes & Make them Easily Searchable
Some students are comfortable writing directly on the iPad screen with a stylus in Evernote. (If you do. I recommend checking out the Jot Touch stylus pen by Adonit or the Cosmonaut stylus by Studio Neat.) But if you’re not into using a stylus, and prefer a notepad — not to worry. We’re still far off from ruling out pen and paper in the classroom.
Here’s a tip for managing handwritten notes and making them easily searchable. Scan your notes into Evernote. When you do this, you can then take advantage of the built-in Optical Character Recognition (or OCR) feature. Now, not only will you handwritten note be easily searchable but they’ll be organize along side the rest of your other notes
Here are some ways to scan your notes and take advantage of the OCR feature.
- Use a portable scanner like the Doxio Go or the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100. I like these two because of price, portability, and ease of use.
- If you want a more portable solution, convert the iPhone or the iPad to be your scanner on-the-go. A way to do this is to use the app Scanner Pro by Readdle.
Note: the app Scanner Pro automatically uploads scanned documents to Evernote.
Evernote is fun, simple, practical and helpful with all types of productivity task inside the classroom (or outside) and requires very little geek know how to use. So it’s a great tool for any student to take along on the great journey of learning.
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What problem has Evernote helped you to solve? Use the comment section below to share your thoughts.