The Benefits of Using a Note-Taking App

by | College Success Life, Student Support Services, Study Strategies

If you haven’t already done so, have you thought about adding a note–taking app into your study routine?

Pen and paper are always great. Note taking functions on your phone come in handy as well.

Consider, however, using a note taking app that allows you to organize, in your way, how you study for exams, write research papers, and work on group projects.

According to Zapier, a workflow management service company, the five best apps are accessible via multiple tech platforms:

  • Evernote for the ultimate digital notebook (Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Web)
  • Microsoft OneNote for a free note-taking app (iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Web)
  • Apple Notes for Apple users (iOS, macOS, Web)
  • Google Keep for Google power users (Android, iOS, Web, Chrome)
  • Notion for collaboration (Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Web)

Each one has its own consumer ecosystem, i.e. Apple fans, Google fans, etc.

And when time allows, explore each one to see which one best meets your study needs.

Note-Taking App
Microsoft OneNote Note-Taking App

Note-taking Options To Consider…

In the meantime, let’s look at some visual highlights of what the traditional consumer standard Microsoft operating system offers for note taking.

Using a basic notebook style template, Microsoft OneNote is free, and a full featured note taking app:

  • Voice Notes/Audio Recording Functionality
    • Outstanding feature for recording class lecture notes and to use for oral proofreading of research papers and essay drafts to catch awkward phrasing.
  • Scan documents directly from your phone
  • Convert handwritten pages to text
    • Use a stylus to convert handwritten notes to text.
  • Do simple math
    • Solve simple math problems by writing out an equation.
  • Solve complex equations
    • Capable of solving complex problems using graphs and equations.
  • Easily clip webpages to OneNote
    • Install the OneNote Web Clipper extension to secure selected webpages, adding parts or the complete page and link to your OneNotebook…great bibliography research function!
  • Make a team wiki
    • Create a specific shared space for team members to access notes and/or documents for collaborating with member.

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  • Replay a sketch
    • Use video to play back a sketch or a drawing and analyze its evolution.
  • Turn off special formatting when pasting into OneNote
    • You can turn off source code and formatting when pasting text from a webpage.

These are just a few of the functions performed by Microsoft OneNote. Looking for ways to work “smarter” in college? Then definitely investigate the above note-taking options. Most likely, you’ll be glad that you did!

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A Word to the Wise…

An Academic Pearl of Wisdom

Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.

However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.

Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.

And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know.  Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.

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