8 Awesome Tools & Apps for Taking Notes in College


The hardest transition from high school to college is the increase in the amount of information dumped upon you in one given lecture. As we write down as fast as the instructor is speaking, we miss their examples on board, slides, etc. Frustration ensues…but not anymore. Take a look on these 7 useful apps and aids that can help you take the most organized and all-encompassing notes.

1. Evernote


From short lists to lengthy research, no matter what form your writing takes, Evernote keeps you focused on moving those ideas from inspiration to completion. Easily gather everything that matters. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep the physical and digital details of your projects with you at all times. Evernote has even their app recently with an updated scannable-inspired camera experience.

2. Simple Note

simplenoteLight, clean, and free. Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to press. It just works. This app allows you to share a list, post some instructions, or publish your thoughts. Your notes are backed up when you change them. Just drag the version slider to go back in time. The best part about this app is it’s Free!

3. Microsoft OneNote


Your stuff travels with you on your computers, tablets and phones. Get OneNote for any of your devices or use it on the web. The app allows you to work with others by being able to share your notebooks with others for viewing or editing. If you do a lot of note taking, attend multiple meetings during the week, and collaborate with others on projects, then OneNote can keep that flood of info neat and tidy. All your notes—even words in pictures—are searchable inside OneNote, and they’re stored in the cloud and immediately accessible via the OneNote apps for any platform.

4. Livescribe / Penultimate (Stylus friendly note taker)


Penultimate is the award-winning digital handwriting app for iPad that combines the natural experience of pen and paper with power of Evernote’s sync and search features. Lose the paper, keep the handwriting.

5. Super Note

supernoteSuper Note helps you create notes very rapidly and make voice recordings during, as well as add photos. The notes are color coded so you can find them instantly and you can change the note color/category on the fly. You can also set future alert reminders on individual notes. Recordings & Photos are built into the note and can be made any time – you can take notes & photos while recording or while playing, and you can pause/resume to add new recording sections to an existing recording. You can also transfer your notes to other people or to your computer using email, WiFi, or dropbox.

6. NoteMaster


This app is an awesome replacement for the native notes app. You can customize almost every aspect of your notes. The best parts for me are being able to separate notes into categories, password protection for selected categories, seamless integration of notes with photos, lists, drawings, etc. Syncing works perfectly between my iPhone and iPad

7. LiveScribe


Professors talk fast. Students zone out. No problem. LiveScribe’s Smartpens record everything you hear and write so you’ll never miss a word. A smartpen lets you capture words, diagrams, scribbles, symbols and audio – syncing everything you hear to what you wrote. It’s the end of feeling anxious in class – with a smartpen you can write less and listen more– knowing your smartpen will capture everything. With a smartpen, you can automatically and wirelessly transfer your recorded notes and audio to your Evernote account for access on nearly any digital device.

8. Rev


Rev lets you record lectures from your phone for free with great audio, and if you like, pay for human transcription with a 48-hour turnaround. It’s highly accurate, but can get costly if you’re using it all the time. This is for the student who is literally willing to pay to have someone else take their notes, or for the student who needs a supplement on those days you just can’t bring yourself to whip out the old journal.