One specific app one task
Avoid multitasking in your apps. I use Notability strictly for taking notes (rough, final, and quick notes). When looking for notes on my iPad Pro, chances are they will be in Notability. I am currently creating my rough notes in MarginNote 3. But when I finish studying a topic, I immediately export the notes to Notability to make sure all my notes are there.
Most apps support multitasking. Simply because they can, doesn’t mean you should. GoodNotes is a great PDF reader and an excellent note-taking app. However, before purchasing the app, you must decide what you intend to use it for. Using it for both might be confusing.
I scan documents handed to me in class. I then export them to other apps for use. My study resources go to MarginNote 3, and assignments go to Notability. I do this everyday. It’s now an automated workflow that I don’t even have to think about.
Stick to few apps
Especially with note-taking apps. When you find an app that works for you, stick with it. Don’t jump around, making notes in different apps. Perhaps you haven’t found your app yet. By all means, try out as many options as necessary to find an app that works for you. However, when experimenting, don’t migrate to a new app every time you think it might be a great one. When experimenting, keep it experimental. Only change your note-taking app when you are certain it will completely replace your current one.
Be organised in all your apps
It’s no use organising your apps if you’re disorganised within the apps. I organise my notes according to subjects. In each subject, I have study, rough, and class notes. I have a filing system for my rough and class notes to keep them in one notebook. The indexed notebooks also help me with easier navigation through my notes.
Declutter your iPad
Delete any documents and applications you don’t use. Once my final notes are completed, I delete my rough notes. I also delete photos as soon as I’m finished with them. By removing unnecessary items, I can keep my documents few and manageable.