Top FOUR note-taking apps for students

Top FOUR note-taking apps for students

One of the greatest advantages of owning a smartphone is its ability to record notes. You, as a student (if you are, of course), can use this feature to your advantage. After all, notes are part and parcel of school and college education; aren’t they?

Although the use of pen and paper is considered a standard note-taking process, situations may arise where they may not cut it. The following apps can be a lifesaver in such unforeseen circumstances.

1. Evernote

Evernote’s perhaps the most feature-rich app of all lying in this category. Because of its rich functionality and attractive UI, it even came into the limelight of the media:

"Use Evernote as the place you put everything … Don’t ask yourself which device it’s on—it’s in Evernote" – The New York Times

When it comes to taking all manner of notes and getting work done, Evernote is an indispensable tool.” – PC Mag

With the aid of Evernote, you will be able to:

  • Create agendas, memos, and various other craft presentations.

  • Make personal checklists, be it for your school or college or any other purpose.

  • Gather and store everything you want (perfect for a budding writer).

  • Plan events such as weddings, holidays, college fests, or any other similar parties.

  • Click and highlight academic articles from the web for your future reference or research.

  • Keep up with your school/college lecture notes, not missing out on any.

Here’s a short video on Evernote for your reference.

The “basic” version of Evernote is available for free. The “plus” and the “premium” versions are available at a price but considering all the extra features that come with them; I would say the price may really be worth it.

Evernote is available on Google Play and iTunes for Android and iOS device downloads.

2. Simplenote

This app allows you to store your notes only in the form of text.

You may use this app to type and store text on your phone or tab as per your requirements, but unlike Evernote, you won’t be able to add or store video, audio, and photographs.

The Simplenote app is all about efficiency and speed. Just open the app, scribble your thoughts, and you are done. You may look them up whenever you want, whenever you are, for any further reference. The included tags and pins make organization as easy as a piece of cake.

Here’s a short video review on Simplenote that should explain everything in a matter of minutes.

The Simplenote app is available on Google Play and iTunes for free Android and iOS device downloads respectively.

3. Google Keep

Google Keep is Google’s very own note-taking app that you can use for recording notes, photographs, audio, video, and lists.

With a bit of imagination, you can use this app for almost anything related to note-taking. It has a beautiful color-coded recording system that makes it easy for you to organize your notes in order.

Key features include:

  • Labels for grouping notes together.

  • Color codes for easy scanability.

  • Automatic synchronization to your phone/laptop/tab making it possible for you to access your notes from any device.

  • Voice command support.

  • Covert scanned images to text at the mere touch of a button.

The Google Keep app is available on iTunes and Google Play for free iOS and Android device downloads. It is also available in the form of an web application that you can use directly from your browser, be it on a mobile or a desktop.

4. Microsoft’s OneNote app

Microsoft’s OneNote app is one useful tool capable of fighting toe to toe with the very best in the business.

You can type, draw, handwrite, and clip things directly from the web on your OneNote’s flexible canvas as per your requirement. You can also scan hand written documents straight into OneNote and keep them in order for future reference.

This short video below should throw more light on the versatility of Microsoft’s OneNote app.

Microsoft’s OneNote app is available for free on iTunes and Google Play for iOS and Android device downloads.

So that more or less sums up our list for now. Hope you had a nice and enjoyable read. Cheerio!


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