Paperless Student: How I Study in LiquidText

How I Study In LiquidText

During a typical study session, I have Safari opened on the left quarter of my iPad screen and LiquidText on the right. I like studying with Safari open to check spellings and definitions, look up images, etc. I am a visual learner and images are very useful for me.

LiquidText is a powerful mind mapping tool. I select sections from my PDF using the Text Select tool, and it highlights the section. Then I drag the notes onto my canvas.

The cool thing about dragging text onto my canvas is that I can always go back to the original text in the PDF by simply tapping the blue arrow on my extraction. In case I don’t understand the notes, I can always go back to the textbook. It saves me a lot of time that I’d otherwise waste navigating through the PDF.

I mostly use mind maps to study because they help me piece information together so I understand how it’s all connected. LiquidText is a great rough book when I don’t have time to write tidy notes. I no longer use GoodNotes as a PDF reader because of my current studying pattern, which seems to change with every subject. It depends on my professors and their teaching styles. I constantly have to switch apps for the best workflow.

Writing in LiquidText is great. It feels natural and the pen tools are very fluid. It’s the only way I can describe it. When you highlight sections, your highlights or annotations are added to the left sidebar for easy access. 

I find I write better final study notes when my rough notes are mind maps. During this study break, I decided to trace some diagrams. I love tracing diagrams in Procreate because I can’t draw to save my life. Since I went paperless,  my drawings have gotten better, which is awesome because I am a visual learner.


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