Must Have Note-Taking Student Apps

In one of our earlier posts, we had mentioned about the various important questionnaire hacks in order to find the best note taking app. As a student, this is among the most important apps that you would need. Hence, here is a list of the best note-taking apps.

Must Have Note-Taking Student Apps –

#1 Notability 

Notability is a third-party note-taking app for Apple devices that is a solid alternative for those that don’t like the feel of Notes. It allows for the creation and editing of text and image notes however its main claim to fame is its streamlined editing of PDF documents and the ability for others to leave audio notes when collaborating on a project. Notability notes can also be shared via Google Drive, AirDrop, any email service, and Dropbox.

Available on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

 #2 OneNote

If you split your time evenly between a tablet and PC, it’s worth checking out OneNote. We love Microsoft’s software because it’s completely free and available on a wide range of platforms. You can organize your life in any number of notebooks and nested sections, which are then backed up to your Microsoft OneDrive account by default. Individual notes can also support a vast number of media types, including text, images, hand-drawn doodles and audio recordings. You can also share your notebooks and collaborate on individual notes with other people. We love Evernote too, but the free tier limits account access to two devices.
Available on: iOS, Android, macOS, Windows 10, web

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#3 Google Keep

Google Keep is a Google service that allows its user to create and edit notes that automatically sync to the cloud via their Google account. In addition to the usual note-taking features such as lists and audio recording, Google Keep can also act as a reminder and can alert you to an item based on the time or your current location.

Available on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Android tablets and smartphones, and web.

#4 Evernote

For many people, the physical act of writing helps their brain memorize the information. An app can still be useful, though, for creating a digital backup that can be accessed anywhere. Many note-taking apps have a built-in camera feature, but not all are designed for handwritten documents. Evernote is one of the few that can smartly detect and capture a note while the camera is open. It will then make subtle adjustments, including contrast tweaks, based on whether it’s a notebook page, business card, receipt or whiteboard. Otherwise, we highly recommend Microsoft OneNote — a truly free alternative, provided you have cloud storage — for capturing your handouts and Moleskine pages.

Available on: iOS, Android, macOS, Windows 10, web

#5 Ulysses

Many people want a single app for all of their notes and school-based assignments. The ideal solution should, therefore, have a text editor that’s competitive with, if not superior to, Microsoft Word and Google Docs. One such tool is Ulysses, which offers a beautiful design and a super smart take on Markdown, dubbed Markdown XL, for text formatting. At the time of writing, though, it’s only available for iOS and macOS users. Bear, another writing app that we absolutely love, shares the same problem. Dropbox Paper is an intriguing alternative but relies on the web for desktop editing. There’s also Scrivener, an expensive but powerful writing app that’s available for iOS, Windows 10 and macOS — but sadly not Android.

Available on: iOS, macOS

#6 Microsoft Whiteboard  

Microsoft Whiteboard is a rather innovative app that aims to replace the traditional physical whiteboard. Users can draw or write on the digital whiteboard within the app and everyone else who has access to that particular whiteboard are able to see the changes being made in real-time. They can also make their own edits which can be seen by others.

Available on: Windows PCs running Windows 10.

#7 Bear 

Bear is kind of a combination of a note app and a word processing app. It features syncing between Mac computers and iOS smart devices, the creation of to-do lists, and supports the addition of multimedia. Bear really shines when it comes to its word formatting which is on par with programs such as Microsoft Word.

Available on: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac.

#8 Notion

Notion is a note-taking app with a cult-like following, and with good reason. It’s an extremely powerful and versatile option that supports simple to-do lists, longer blog posts and a whole bunch of other get-your-life-together tools, such as Kanban project-management boards, calendars and Wiki-style databases. Pages (Notion’s term for notes) can also link to pages stored in a completely different part of the app. The software can be daunting for newcomers, however, and building the perfect setup takes time. Thankfully, the company has developed a bunch of page templates and posted some helpful guides online.

Available on: iOS, Android, macOS, Windows 10, web

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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