"the top five best digital note taking apps" with an illustration of someone studying below the wording

Following on from my post about How To Take Digital Notes I thought it would be helpful to have a list of some ideas for which apps to use to take notes during your classes.

Finding the app that works best for your needs is going to be a key thing in order to use your iPad efficiently for studying, and though I can't tell you exactly what will best work for you I hope you find something here that can help you to figure out what is the best fit for you.


1. Memo

The first I can recommend if the memo app that comes with the iPad. Though out of all of the apps I'm going to share with you today it has the least amount of features and variety for such things as paper type and pens, it is free and a great starting place if your not sure if the world of digital note-taking is the one for you.

2. Goodnotes

This is the one I use. It has a variety of page types, including lined and dotted, and page size, like A4 or A5. The pens and highlighters can also be changed in colour and size which makes taking notes that are more aesthetically pleasing to look at easier. Though I have to say it doesn't have the best organisation of your notebooks out of the five apps, it does have one of the best selection of features for the creativity of your notes. I also really like the zoom box feature, which makes writing easier as you can see the whole page but also write at a normal handwriting size for you, and it also moves along the screen itself which means you don't have to use time up during lecturers sliding along the page. The only downside to this app if that it does cost money, but if you think you would have otherwise spent that money on paper notebooks it doesn't work out too bad.

3. Notability

Another note-taking app that you have to pay for, but also like good notes has a lot more flexibility than the free apps. I'm not going to say that I'm an expert on this app since I've never had it, but I know from when I was researching which app to use that the major competition is between Notability and Goodnotes. From what I could tell it was pretty similar to goodnotes, however, the pages aren't a set size like on goodnotes so if you wanted to be able to print out your work in Notability it doesn't fit as nicely. But a massive positive for notability if that it lets you voice record within the app and matches it up to your notes. So if you're someone who likes to be able to listen back to lectures and works well that way that's a massive thing to take into consideration.

4. OneNote

Another free app, but I would have to say the best out of the three free ones. The basics of this one are most similar to notability in the sense that the pages don't have a set size however OneNote doesn't have a quite as wide variety of setting for the paper and pen as goodnotes and notability have. However OneNote has two things that could make it the number one option for you. One of these being the organisation of your notes is the easiest to navigate on this one and you can flip between your different notes far more easily than any of the other apps. The other one is that since it is a Microsoft app, it links up to the version that you can get on your laptop, so if you are someone who likes to both write and type up your notes this might be the one for you.

5. Evernote

The last one I have for you today if Evernote. I've actually never used this one so I can't say too much on it, however, I do know some people love this app and it works efficiently for them and their studies.

So there you have it 5 apps that are excellent choices for when deciding which to use for your studies.

What other apps do you use for classes or revision?

- Sophie

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