By Bianca Chan
Students’ lives are becoming increasingly more involved with technology, arguably more than any other age group. From laptops to phones, and calculators to notes, online students are constantly writing, Googling, adding to online discussions and watching lectures – they have never put their thoughts and ideas on the screen more.
Some students have laptops and desktops, others have smart phones and tablets, and having the ability to share all of your notes and thoughts on one note-taking application is imperative to the academic success of an online student.
This is why I’m telling you about Evernote.
Evernote is a cross-platform app designed for note-taking to be shared across all of your devices. It can be used by Android, Blackberry, iOS and OS X, Windows, and Windows Mobile users.
Essentially, Evernote allows users to create a “note,” which can be formatted text, a webpage, photograph, voice memo, or even “handwritten.” Notes can have file attachments and can be sorted into “Notebooks.” They can be tagged, exported, edited and commented on. This makes sharing between devices, as well as sharing between classmates and instructors, easy and straightforward. It’s an ideal app for whatever discipline you may be in, whatever class you may be taking, or whatever list you may be writing.
As with most apps these days, Evernote is a “freemium app,” which simply put, means that there is a free “basic” version as well as paid premium and “pro” versions that offer extra services on top of the ones included in the free version.
The “basic” version of Evernote allows users up to 60 MB of new uploads per month and syncs across all phones and computers. What does 60 MB look like? Well it’s about infinite essays – or at least way more than you’ll be writing for school. As for movies and music, it’s not a lot.
On the other hand, the “plus” version offers 1 GB of new uploads per month and allows its users to access notes even while offline. However, given that the “plus” version is between $35 and $50 per year, the free version should be sufficient for a student who usually works somewhere with Internet access, like your local coffee shop, library or at home.
While there are several apps that can incorporate all your notes onto one place, Evernote is the most user-friendly that I have seen in my research and is compatible with the most diverse range of operating systems and companies. Ultimately, integrating all your notes onto one platform that is easy to use can make your life a little less cluttered, a little more organized and just a lot easier.