Taking notes in class.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by P51, May 8, 2012.

  1. P51 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    I saw a kid using his iPad today to take notes in class. He was very quick and his notes were pretty detailed, i.e. he had bullets and everything.

    Is this practical?
    Also what app do you think he was using?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Was he handwriting or typing?
    There are dozens and dozens of note taking apps on the iPad

    I currently use Noteshelf

    But you can Notability, Penultimate or dozens of others
  3. P51 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    Typing. I'll check them out, thanks! It didn't look like Pages and I never looked into anything else.

    Edit: These all seem to be handwritting apps. Anything you know of that is just strictly text?
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You can try Circus Ponies Notebook or something like Clean Writer
    Or even Evernote
  5. PrayForDeath macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2012
    Well why didn't you ask him?

    Was he touch typing or using a keyboard?
  6. P51 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    Will check those out.

    Was huge lecture hall, probably 500+ people. He was 2 rows ahead of me. Touch typing.
  7. caleberle macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2012
    I started using my iPad to take notes in class last semester using Pages and found that I preferred it over my MacBook. It takes a little while to adjust, but once you get used to it I think it is just as easy as typing on a MacBook or any computer.
  8. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    +1 for Notebook. Been using it for years. Love it.
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    A little pricey, but OmniOutliner looks really good. If I were still in school, that's the one I'd love to try.
  10. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Noteability?? It's a great note taking app for lectures/classes.
  11. NeedMoreVideo macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    I use smartnote.

    It uses mostly typing for text entry, but allows for drawing as well...
  12. davenz macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    I second this. You can type or write with a stylus easily. I LOVE my bamboo stylus and this app for lectures. It's also great for organising notes into classes or trimesters. Notes plus is also good.

    Things like noteshelf & penaltimate you can't type, only write. Noteability does both.
  13. eurobum macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2012
    I really want to do this as well, but I don't think I'll be able to do it without a hard keyboard, seeing typing on the touch keyboard forces you to, visually, focus on the iPad instead of being able to use the ten finger system -- which I do rather efficiently -- allowing my visual focus to be on all of the details of the actual lecture/lecturer/hot babes in attendance.
  14. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Tried notability, but could never get the hang of it. Handwriting looked really ugly and clumsy and my attempts at scrolling just ended up screwing the formatting of the document. Guess I really am a dinosaur. :(

    The fact that you saw someone do it before your very eyes means it is possible. Whether it is feasible for you is another thing though. Probably something that requires a lot of practice beforehand, so you don't fumble when trying to keep up with lecturers rattling off at the speed of light. :p

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