ways ipad improve productivity/academic life in college

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pcomac, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. pcomac macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    im thinking about getting ipad for college. i already have a macbook pro. what are some ways you use ipad that helped you academically? any apps like microsoft office thats not apple iwork? is there a way i can record lectures using ipad and upload it to cloud services like dropbox or skydrive?
  2. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I'm a researcher and use my iPad a lot at work. Here's what I do with it:

    - read and annotate journal articles, using iAnnotate. It syncs to my main computer via DropBox, so it carries my whole research library.
    - note taking, with stylus and an external keyboard (Notability, Daedalus, CircusPonies notebooks)
    - record lectures and meetings
    - presentations
    - mind mapping to brainstorm and organise ideas

    You can also check out these blogs:
  3. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Hi. I am a researcher / student. Here are some threads I have started here. In answer to your questions: (1) Yes, but only Pages has footnotes, and (2) the iPhone app Recorder Pro is free and can transfer everything to the web for download wirelessly to the computer of your choice. Evernote, Notability, and all sorts of other apps also have recording capability.

    getting things done: ipad for academics

    Going from Paper to iPad: How to Digitize Stuff

    Getting Things Done (GTD) with the iPad

    PAGES is all grown-up now with footnotes!
  4. roccobladr macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    if you have to take any chemistry classes there are tons of apps out there that will help you better visualize the chemicals.

    also, for studying there are virtual flash card apps such as "Flashcards" (for iphone at least) that let you either make a flash card yourself or download some that others have made
  5. pcomac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    one of the major things i want to do is record lectures and save it to cloud services like amazon cloud (it lets u listen without downloading) b/c the ipad only has 16gb...i dont know if its enough space for a whole year of lectures. i dont really understand how ios work but lets say i get the app recorder pro, what format does it save files as? also, if its stored on ipad first and ipad is not like computers with file folders and stuff, so how would i upload? im a newbie to stuff like this so sorry if this sounds stupid ><
  6. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Not stupid at all. You can save in all sorts of formats, but the larger ones will naturally have better sound quality. Evernote can record, so you could just use it, and the files will be available within the app (they save your stuff on the cloud and will sync seamlessly with your Mac Pro). Don't worry about the cloud and all that. Use some kind of remote login service and you can access your files directly on your Macbook if needed. I get by fine with Dropbox and so on, but I say this, because even in a worst-case scenario (forgot to upload!), you'll be fine :)
  7. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    When you record lectures, they don't take up much space. I do this on my iPhone (16GB) and it's always less than 50MB, and that's at like 3 hours per lecture. Great quality too. Should be the same on an iPad since it's just audio.

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