iPad Does anyone else use their iPad to take notes in college?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jacoblee23, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    I currently have an iPad 3 with a zagg keyboard folio case, and it works fantastic. But the desks at school are so small, that it barely fits on my desk, so forget about having anything else on it.

    My case is within the return window, so I plan ok retuning it and waiting for a iPad mini keyboard case to come out. There should probably eventually be one released right? Does anyone else use their iPad to take notes in class? There are at least 4 other people in my class doing this also.
  2. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Good question

    Seems to be lol

    But in all seriousness, I don't use mine for note taking. I use mine as a way to follow lecture that compliments note taking by hand
  3. macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Do not bring it to Calc or Physics or any class related to those subjects.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    I am a speech language pathology major. The only class I don't use it in is Phonetics, because there are a lot of symbols. I love Pages, I just wish it had phonetic symbols lol
  5. macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    I use mine to take notes. I have a logitech keyboard that I use and it works great. After watching me for the past 2 months, 2 other people have gone out and gotten keyboards for their ipads.
  6. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I have yet to see anyone doing this in any graduate level courses I have taken over the last 2 years.
  7. macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2012
    It's my third year in grad school, and this semester I started using Notability and the Adonit Jot Pro to take notes on Powerpoints and it's been great. Before, I just took notes in Pages.
  8. macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    I use two apps on mine to take notes - Byword (text editor) and Notes Plus (Handwriting). I use the virtual keyboard for all of my notes. I take relatively light notes in class, though, and I can type fast on the virtual keyboard. For Notes Plus, which I use in any math class, it's as fast as handwriting.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    I used my iPad2 for notetaking during an 18 month graduate program in geopolitics and strategy in France and very much plan to do so with my Mini as I return to school next year for a Master's in Education.

    SOOOO, just because you haven't seen it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. :rolleyes:

    For the OP, I generally use Notetaker HD for handwritten notes and I'm hoping this program will work as well on my Mini :)
  10. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Perhaps you should be going back to school for reading comprehension. All I said was that I haven't seen it. No where did I say it doesn't happen.:rolleyes:
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    I use Evernote to take notes on my iPad in school and at work. When at work, I finish up the session and immediately send out Meeting notes for everyones review. Very helpful. I like evernote too so I could just open up my mac wherever I am and have the note available.
  12. macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I'm a researcher and use my ipad all the time in conferences, courses and public lectures. I primarily use Notability and Circus Ponies Notebooks.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012
    Coral Gables, FL
    This is one of the main reasons I was thinking about getting a mini. I never liked the size of the regular iPad but don't like the OS's of the android, Kindle, etc. tablets. I'm just worried that it's too much since I already have an iPhone 5 and a Macbook Pro. Is it even needed?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    I'm in aviation so lots of people in my classes take notes on an iPad. I was a relatively "early adopter" then more and more started showing up... now it's almost a requirement at my school :D The GI bill will even cover iPads now for prior enlisted students and I think you can get one with financial aid at the bookstore.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    New York City
    I just finished a MSc. in International Business Management and used the iPad every single lecture to take notes.
  16. macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2012


    I'm going to use my mini at work to make notes in meetings. Never thought about doing this handwriting. I was thinking about getting a keyboard. After reading this thread, I tried it with some of the mentioned apps, but it doesn't work for me. Maybe I need more practice...

    Could anybody show a screenshot of some notes? Are you really doing this with your finger? Or are you using a stylus? :eek:

    Thanks and regards,
  17. xkmxkmxlmx, Oct 31, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Touchy, touchy.

    Nowhere did you say it didn't happen, but your statement was still irrelevant. No one cares if you have not seen it. What does that even matter?

    At any rate, I actually use my iphone for note taking. I type way faster on it than my ipad or even a normal computer. I did have to explain to a couple of my professors that I am indeed paying attention and note texting or whatever.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    I prefer a MacBook for taking notes, iPad for reading. :p
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    I took these notes at a retirement seminar using NotetakerHD (zoom mode) and a stylus

    After I'm done taking notes, I usually export to Evernote in pdf format.

    Attached Files:

  20. mathman, Oct 31, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    I use my iPad to take notes every single day. I'm a Ph.D. student in mathematics. I use Penultimate and an Adonit Jot Pro to take notes in each of my classes. When I'm writing complex proofs, I use Tex Touch on the iPad to write LaTeX on the fly. I find the iPad is an invaluable tool so I don't have to lug a laptop around all day.
  21. macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2008
    Everywhere and nowhere
    I'm in my 3rd year of med school and use Notability all the time for class. They just released an update today to (supposedly, haven't tried it yet) allow ppt import but up until now I have been saving them as PDFs and then annotating on them. I then upload them to Evernote and have access to my lectures wherever I go.
  22. macrumors regular

    May 31, 2012
    My better half is in medical school, and he says that just about everyone has an iPad and at least 1/3 of them use the iPad to take notes. They all have a specific stylus brand they swear by and a note taking app to import powerpoint lectures that they can mark up.
  23. macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2010
    Used my iPad (first gen!) to take notes in law school in several classes, including some note-intensive classes such as Bankruptcy. Never had an issue, although I consider myself to be a fairly good typist on the iPad. With the external keyboard cases they are selling these days, would seem even easier in my opinion. I know a computer only weighs a few pounds more, but you definitely can feel it.
  24. macrumors regular

    May 26, 2011
    From your signature you're all about taking things out of context too.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012
    Coral Gables, FL
    Do you have a stylus for this? If so, where'd you get it? One of those might make my choice on whether to get an iPad or not a lot easier...

    EDIT: Just looked it up, they're everywhere lol. I have no idea why I didn't think about this before.

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