The Best Note Taking Apps for iPad


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My iPad has become my best friend to take notes. It is faster to type and draw during lectures, especially when some of my teachers love to talk and write fast. I use the apple pencil and an iPad case keyboard to type and draw notes on the iPad.

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1. Notability

The ability to record, draw and take notes makes this app my favorite. This app stands out because it allows me to move my drawings freely (unlike other apps) and the recording option is phenomenal. Even if you seat in the back of the classroom the instructor’s voice sounds clear when you playback the recording.

The cool thing is that when you are drawing or taking notes, the recording also adds this to your notes. Here is a detailed video about it. Hand-writing with this app is amazing and the notes look so neat and organize. Hands down the best note-taking app!

A similar app to this one is GoodNotes.

Here is a small video I made for Notability:

If you want to learn to take amazing college notes on this app click here. Cornell note taking style using Notability:

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 2. Word:

This app is awesome for taking notes. Recently the option to draw was added to the application, but it is extremely limited, you can’t rotate or resize the drawings. This app does not come with the ability to record a voice, which is a bummer since typing with this app is so efficient.  If you want to learn to take efficient notes using Microsoft Word, click here.

Here is a comparison between Word and Notability:

Best Notetaking iPad Apps for school college


  1. OneNote:

This app is similar to Word, but you have the ability to draw and record. If you are looking for a simple note-taking app, this one is for you! The drawing option impressed me, it doesn’t detect your palm and drawing on the screen feels smooth.

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A similar app to this one is Outline. It gives you the option to draw and type images on the screen. It does not support the apple pencil, which is a huge deal when you need to draw figures or graphs during the lecture.

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3 thoughts on “The Best Note Taking Apps for iPad

  1. Ron says:

    These are all great apps and I’ve tried them all. Of course, I use Word more often when it comes to writing papers (I think we all do). I primarily use OneNote because I’m in the Microsoft eco-system of apps and services and I also use a Surface Pro 3. It’s quite good when you use the pen!

    As for the iPad, I think Word is great with it! Do you use a keyboard with your iPad?

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

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