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Evernote Tips for School

Writteny by: Shep McAllister

Shep McAllister

Name: Shep McAllister
Blog: Hack College
Twitter: @Shep979, @HackCollege

Those of you that are already Evernote users can speak to how flexible a tool it is and the variety of situations it can be put to use in. It’s no surprise then that although Evernote wasn’t necessarily designed specfically for students, it might as well have been. I’ve found it invaluable in school, at my internship, and for the website HackCollege. From what I can tell I’m not alone, a growing number of students seem to be joining the club. The modern college student has a lot more on his or her plate than just classes, and Evernote is the perfect application to save time and help you juggle your many responsibilities.

Great Ways Students Can Use Evernote to
Study Smarter, Not Harder


Preparing for an Exam

I've found that before a test there are usually a few key concepts or facts that I have trouble remembering. When that happens, I grab a pad of Post-it(R) Notes and I write down one concept per note. Then, I snap a photo of each with the Post-it(R) Note camera in Evernote and save it to my "Exam" Notebook. I'll typically quiz myself as I'm walking to class and reference the Evernote notebook when I'm on-the-go. Seeing my handwriting on the note seems to help me recall those key facts.


Take notes in class

This one seems like it should be obvious, but I can’t believe how many students still type their notes in multiple programs to deal with the availability problem. Evernote keeps every class note in a single application, making it so much easier to scan through several days’ worth of notes the night before a test.


Go paperless

If you’re anything like me, you probably have trouble keeping track of the handouts teachers like to pass out. You can use a scanner, or even your phone’s camera, to quickly digitize your syllabi, project descriptions, and graded papers so that you never have to worry about losing the original copies.


Portable textbooks

When studying for a test, sometimes you only need your textbook for a few charts and graphs. Instead of lugging that 1000-page monster to the library, just scan or take photos of the pages you need into Evernote, and access them online in your favorite study spot.


Handwritten notes

As great as typing your notes can be, there are still some classes where handwritten notes are all but required. Once you are finished, always take a quick snapshot of your notes and paste it into Evernote, allowing you to access them anywhere. Never again will you have a minor heart attack when you spill coffee on your notebook.


Manage your different lives

Students are so many things these days: scholars, interns, friends, club presidents. You can set up different notebooks in Evernote to give these activities their own space, but everything will still be in a central hub. It’s like having filing cabinets that are with you everywhere.


Never forget a number

You’re asked to remember a lot of random numbers as students, especially at the beginning of the school year. It helps to keep your student ID#, mailbox combination, and even friends’ room numbers in Evernote, at least until they’re safely burned into your memory.


Window shopping

Students love to buy new things. Unfortunately, we usually don’t have very much money. Next time you see a pair of jeans tempting you from outside your price range, take some pictures of the display rack and the tag and store them in Evernote. You’ll have no trouble finding the items again once you coerced some money out of your parents.


Make PDFs smarter

A lot of school libraries will now scan short readings for classes and distribute them online to students. This cuts down on textbook costs and prevents students from competing for the library’s one copy of the book, but these PDFs are often of low quality and won’t let you highlight or scan for keywords. If you want the files to be a little more searchable, just drop them in Evernote and let the text recognition go to work.


Record important lectures

Professor speak a little too fast? Want to capture his hint-laden test review discussion in its entirety? You can record audio notes on your phone or iPad right in Evernote so you can rest assured that you won’t miss a thing.


Organize your research

We have to juggle a lot of information sources when researching a paper. Evernote makes it easy to drop all those links, PDFs, charts, and book scans into a single, easily searchable notebook. This beats the pants off frantically searching your hard drive and web history for sources when you have a due date looming.