Each time someone mentions digital note-taking, most people assume they have to type notes on a laptop, so they immediately dismiss the idea. A few years back, in the early 2000s, that was most certainly the case. However, in 2020, digital note-taking is much more than that. It is an experience every note-taker must try.
Taking digital notes on the iPad, with an Apple Pencil, gives you all the benefits of writing notes on paper and much more. Digital notes don’t have the limitations that plague paper notes; they have unlocked new ways of learning and recording information.
Most people prefer typing notes because it is faster. You can easily keep up with your professor. Many note-taking apps have solved this problem with audio recording. You can still handwrite your notes while recording the lecture, then refer back to the recording if you missed anything.
The best note-taking app for audio recording is Notability. It syncs your audio to your notes. You can use your notes to navigate through the recordings. ZoomNotes and Noteshelf also audio record but without syncing.
Connecting your notes
With digital notes, you can link pages and sections of your notes, which you can’t with paper ones. These links connect ideas in your notes, saving you the time you’d otherwise waste flipping through papers. When reading about Cells, you can jump to the detailed notes on Cells in one tap.
ZoomNotes is the best app for creating hyperlinks in your notes. GoodNotes is a good alternative. It lets you create contents pages.
If you struggle with staying organised, chances are your digital notes will also be disorganised. However, unlike paper notes, digital ones are easier to find. Whether you handwrite, scan or type them; most note-taking apps can search through your notes. Paper notes that would take you hours to find will only take you a few seconds on your iPad. You can search through the contents of your notes by simply typing a few words.
Collaborate on projects
Everyone on your team can work on your project when it’s convenient for them by collaborating on digital notes. As a team, you can each contribute information to a document that everyone can see. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely has become a norm. Instead of scanning, sending and receiving notes from everyone on your team, why not work one document together?
Several apps let you do that, but most limit your team to using one device. It might not be convenient for everyone. OneNote, however, will allow everyone to contribute to notes from any device of their choice.