I recently stumbled upon Evernote, a free and amazing note taking and archiving application. The snazzy piece of freeware makes it extremely easy for anybody to synchronize detailed notes on an engaging, dynamic platform. Users can record audio from a lecture or discussion, which then seamlessly appears on a digital notepad.
The intuitive application takes virtually no time to learn, providing a variety of graphs, charts, and special modules to meet various note taking needs. I’m also a huge fan its free extras, including an awesome web clipper that imports screen shots directly onto the digital pad.
Best of all, students don’t even need a computer. Evernote works great on smartphones, and with so many kids texting just as fast as they type (or faster), I don’t see any downside. The mobile version also allows for easy categorizing, and I imagine Evernote would prove especially useful for more disorganized students— or anybody reliant upon keeping an array of different physical notebooks.
When I was a junior in high school, I remember panicking one night before a big math test. I couldn’t find my notebook, which I desperately needed for some last minute studying. I ended up finding it, but not before I tore apart my entire room and made my whole family crazy. But with Evernote, nothing can get lost. All of your data is saved to a cloud, which you can retrieve using any device.