The best note-taking apps for students

Every student needs a good note-taking system. The human brain, after all, can only store and retain so much information. There’s nothing wrong with relying solely on pen and paper (and if that’s your preference, go for it!). But if you’re reading Engadget, we suspect you’re interested in some kind of digital equivalent: an app that can store those handwritten notes or, if you’re ready to take the plunge, let you record everything with a keyboard or stylus. It should be fast, intuitive and, most important, accessible from all of your favorite devices.

So what should I use?

There are dozens if not hundreds of note-taking apps to choose from. All of them, unsurprisingly, promise to make you an organization and productivity guru. If you’re struggling to sift through them all, it’s important to ask the following questions.

What hardware do I own?

First and foremost, eliminate any service that doesn’t support your primary devices. For argument’s sake, let’s say you own a Macbook Pro and an Android smartphone: You can immediately rule out any platform that doesn’t support Google’s mobile operating system, like Bear and Ulysses. Why? Because it’s critical that you can access your notes anytime, anywhere. A good, reliable mobile app means you can speed-read some revision notes while sitting on the bus or waiting in line for coffee. It’s also a decent backup if you forget to charge your laptop or tablet before class.

[Read More]