Getting more from your smartphone
As if you needed reminding, it's national Note-taking Day. If you're still carting around that scruffy notepad you got for Christmas it’s time to get up to date. Ditch the paper and embrace the digital age. Trade in your pen for a stylus, your diary for an app, and you’ll be well on your way to living in this century.
Here are a few of our favourite apps to help with the transition.
£4.99 on iOS
GoodNotes 4 brings traditional note-taking into the 21st Century. The idea of the app is to make handwritten notes look good and easy to revise. You can change the colour of your pen with a tap, select notes you’ve already taken and move or resize them, and even search your handwriting to quickly find what you want.
But the most useful trick up GoodNote’s sleeve is the ability to write on PDFs. You’ll never need to print out documents again to make notes on them and they’re easy to share through email, Dropbox or any other cloud system.
OneNote and Keep
Free on iOS, Android and Windows
These two apps may not be from the same manufacturer, but they're certainly cut from the same cloth. If you need to take notes quickly and easily, and for them to be stored in a well-designed app, both OneNote and Keep are worthy of your consideration.
It really boils down to your operating system preference. OneNote is by Microsoft, and Keep is made by Google - fitting in nicely with Google Docs, Sheets and Spreads, which you can read more about here.
£2.79 on Android
LectureNotes is the Android equivalent of GoodNotes 4, just without the PDF editing. It’s really intuitive to use and makes it simple to create clear, attractive notes.
If you don’t want to invest in the app straight away, you can download the trial version for free to see if it’s what you’re looking for.
Free on Android and iOS
Evernote is the most popular note-taking app around. It lets you type notes, annotate PDFs, attach photos and files to your notes and more. Plus it syncs everything across all your devices automatically, so notes you take on your phone at work, uni or school and they'll be waiting for you on your computer when you get home.
You can even upload notes from the other apps we’ve talked about to Evernote, making it a one-stop-shop for all your information.
Is there an app you can’t do without in class? Tell us about it in the comments below.