The Best College Student Note Taking Apps for iPad Pro & Apple Pencil
The best note taking apps for iPad Pro with Apple pencil for college students.
On this blog post, I’m sharing the best college note-taking apps for iPad! My iPad has become my best friend to take notes in college. 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.
Popular Note-Taking Tutorials:
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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. Hand-writing with this app is amazing and the notes look so neat and organize. Here is a small video I made using the app Notability. Check out this tutorial to learn how to take college notes using the Notability app.
GoodNotes is my favorite app for digital planning and note-taking. The app is easy to use and the tools are simple. Between Notability and GoodNotes, I prefer GoodNotes. Here are some examples of how I use the app to take college notes:
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Notability doesn’t allow you to move several elements at the same time, you can only move text or image. GoodNotes allows you to select which elements you want to move, for example only handwriting and text. The image below shows which tool allows you to easily select specific things on the page.
ZoomNotes is another great app to take college notes. The app has a lot of tools and learning how to use them can be overwhelming. I tried it, but I didn’t stick with it. There is a free version of the app in the app store, I suggest you download it and give a try. It’s easy to read a review about an app, but it’s different once you try it on your iPad.
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.
Comparison between Word and Notability:
This app is similar to Word, but you have the ability to draw and record your lecture. 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.
6. A similar app to this OneNote is Outline. It gives you the option to draw and type images on the screen, but it does not support the Apple Pencil, which is a huge deal when you need to draw figures or graphs during the lecture.
Which iPad Pro app with Apple pencil was your favorite to take college notes?
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