How to Efficiently Type and Draw School Notes on the iPad
iPad note taking for school using Notability! How to use Notability to type and draw school notes on the iPad. Notability allows you to easily resize your handwriting, pictures, and type your school notes.
To take college notes on my iPad, I use the Notability app, the iPad Pro, apple pencil, and an external keyboard. You can follow the same steps using the app GoodNotes, ZoomNotes, and Metamoji. Android and Windows users try the app Xodo, Metamoji, and EzPDF.
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How to Type School Notes on the iPad
1. Open the Notability app
2. Create a new note.
3. The best way to take notes on the iPad is to have a ruled or graph paper. In the top right of the screen, click on the drawing tool > paper > graph
I personally prefer the small graph paper and that’s the one I’m going to use on this tutorial.
7. If you are serious about taking notes digitally, I highly recommend an external keyboard. It doesn’t have to be expensive. The one on this picture cost me about $25 (it was refurbished and I have been using it for 2 years).
A mistake I often see during my lectures is that students draw everything on their tablets, wrong! Type the questions or notes. Use the drawing option for things like graphs, formulas, and/or illustrations that can’t be typed.
How to Draw School Notes on the iPad
- Don’t put to much pressure on the pencil. To create thick lines put more pressure on the screen and to create thin lines put less pressure on the screen
- Zoom in to write neatly along the graph lines.
- Use the graph paper as a reference to draw graphs and images proportionally.
- Don’t draw too small or you won’t be able to see the drawings when zooming out or printing the notes. Use the lasso tool to make your drawing bigger and to change the width of the drawings.
- To make a straight line or any shape, draw a line and keep the pencil on the screen for a couple of seconds.
How to Save Your School Notes
This how my school notes look like on my computer when I change the paper from a graph to a blank paper and I export it to my Dropbox folder.
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Great, detailed post. I love all of the screenshots. Valuable info. I am a note drawing newbie, so thank you.
Wow, lots of good info here, I wish there were iPads when I was in school! Great post
Thanks for the great read, very detailed.
You have such good tips! Thanks for sharing
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Really great article!
What’s the difference if I don’t have the Apple Pencil (but I have notability)? Thanks!
The only difference would be that your screen will detect your wrist/hand when writing on the tablet.
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Thank you for letting me know. The videos are working now 🙂