So what should I use?
There are dozens if not hundreds of apps that take notes to choose from. All of them promise, not surprisingly, to turn you into an organizational and productivity guru. If you are struggling to sift through them all, it is important to ask the following questions.
What hardware do I own?
First and foremost, remove any service that does not support your primary devices. For the sake of the argument, let's say you own a Macbook Pro and an Android smartphone: You can immediately exclude any platform that doesn't support Google's mobile operating system, such as Bear and Ulysses. Why? Because it's important that you access your notes anytime, anywhere. A good, reliable mobile app means you can quickly read some audit notes while sitting on the bus or waiting for a queue for coffee. There is also a decent backup if you forget to charge your laptop or tablet before class.
What is my learning style?
If you have not already done so, take a quiz for "learning style". It will explain whether you absorb and treat information best with pictures (photographs, charts, maps, etc.), sound (podcasts, audio books, class recordings), words (good old-fashioned reading and writing) or some kind of physical, tactile representation (look at a globe, fixes a car by hand, etc.).
What am I studying?
You should then evaluate your subjects. What will be the best way to represent and digest the course materials? For example, a degree of photography will probably cover some productive shutter skin such as Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson. If you want to remember their lives and techniques, it makes sense to build some notes that contain a mixture of text and examples.
What is my budget?
Don't use what you can't afford. Set yourself a budget (we have a guide to manage your finances too) and reject everything that goes over it. Also, beware of "free" versions that unlock basic features like offline access and synchronization of devices across devices behind expensive subscription plans. You will not feel limited by your note app in class.
It is impossible to choose a single "best" note app. Instead, we have made some suggestions that are tailored to specific users, devices and learning styles.
"I want to do everything with an iPad and Apple Pencil."
Options: GoodNotes 5
"You want to use a tablet and a laptop or PC."
If you share your time evenly between a tablet and a PC, it is worth checking OneNote. We love Microsoft software because it is completely free and available on a wide range of platforms, you can organize your life in any number of laptops and nested sections, which are then backed up to your Microsoft OneDrive account by default. Individual notes can also support A large number of media types, including text, images, hand-drawn doodles and sound recordings, you can also share your notebooks and collaborate on individual notes with other people, we also love Evernote, but the free level b limits the access to the account to two units.
"I'm a power user who wants to customize everything."
Our choice: Concept
Notion is a note app with a cult-like, and for good reason. It is an extremely powerful and versatile option that supports simple task lists, longer blog posts and a whole bunch of other few-your-life tools, such as Kanban project management, calendars, and Wiki-style databases. Pages (Notions concept for notes) can also link to pages stored in a completely different part of the app. However, the software can be daunting for newcomers and it takes time to build the perfect setup. Fortunately, the company has developed a bunch of page templates and posted some useful guides online.
"I have a Chromebook. What are my options?"