6 ways Students can use Evernote

This is a re-blog from the Evernote blog, you can find the original article here: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/217961187

Snapping a photo of a whiteboard sketch

Evernote is a great tool for students. Whether you’re pursuing a BS in robotics or a PhD in anthropology, Evernote makes it easy to organize all your coursework and assignments so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.And, for a limited time, eligible students can get 75% off Evernote Premium.


1. Organize class notes into notebooks

A set of notebooks

Use Evernote as a digital binder where you can save all your coursework, school info, schedules, and anything else you collect throughout the school term. Start by creating a notebook structure to keep similar notes together. Create separate notebooks for each class. Keep notes from all your class lectures, labs, and group projects in the same notebook.


Animation of course notebooks created



Multiple notebooks can be grouped together into notebook stacks for extra organization. Create one stack for each school term and add individual course notebooks to it.


2. Scan and search handwritten notes

Using your phone as a scanner

Use the Evernote camera on your phone to snap photos of whiteboards and handouts.

A woman with a magnifying glass to indicate search

Evernote runs images through a character-recognition process that makes handwritten words searchable.


Scanned whiteboard note with search results



Use the pen tool to handwrite or draw directly into Evernote on your phone or tablet. Use the color and highlighter options for emphasis or enhancements.


3. Record lectures and talks

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Recording a lecture

Make sure you don’t miss any important points. Where permitted, use Evernote on your phone or laptop to make audio recordings of lectures or group discussions to complement your text notes.


In-app recorder tool


Increase your retention by setting reminders to review class notes later.


4. Draw and write on PDFs

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Annotating a PDF

Evernote gives you simple tools to add notes to PDFs. Highlight important sections of your syllabus and assignment sheets. Add text, arrows, and other shapes to draw attention to what’s important in your reading.


Sample note with preview of attached course syllabus PDF



Use the Evernote camera on your mobile device to scan course outlines, handouts, and other paper documents as PDFs. On your computer, save PDFs and Office docs into Evernote right alongside related class notes.


SAMPLE NOTE: View annotated Course Syllabus PDF sample note


5. Manage assignments with to-do lists and reminders

Checking off your to-do list

Class assignments, project deliverables, study group meeting times—jot them all down in Evernote. Access your lists on or off campus from any device where you have Evernote.



Share lists with others working on a group project with you. Give everyone edit permissions so they can check off their own completed tasks on a shared list.


SAMPLE NOTE: View sample checklists note


6. Keep campus event and student life info in one place

Save web pages from your browser to Evernote

Save entire web pages into Evernote using Web Clipper. Keep screenshots, images, and important information from your online student portal in Evernote, alongside other related notes. Save online campus info, class info, and club info as notes. Keep event calendars, library hours, weekly dining menus, and emergency evacuation locations in Evernote.



Enable offline notebook access so notes you reference regularly are available to you even when you’re without an internet connection.

This post first appeared on the Evernote website at: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/217961187

4 Reasons You Should Use Google Voice Now!

Recently my company decided to do away with company owned cell phones and provide a stipend instead.  For some of my colleagues this meant that they could quit carrying two cell phones and this was great news.

However, some of my colleagues saw a new dilemma:

1) “Do I continue to carry two cell phones?”  One for personal use and one for business.


2) “Do I carry one cell phone and give out my cell number for both personal and business calls?”

Fortunately, Google Voice gives us a much better third option:

3) Carry one phone with two numbers; one number for personal use and one for business.

Here are five reasons you should be using Google Voice now:

  1. You only need to carry one cell phone!  You can use you cell phone’s number for personal calls and your Goggle Voice number for business calls or vice versa.  Both numbers can be easily set up to ring on the same phone, but you will always know which number the caller is attempting to reach.
  2. You can’t beat the price!  Google Voice is a FREE service if you have a Google account for calls and text messages inside the United States.
  3. Set up is quick and easy!  There are many how-to articles and videos on how to get started.    The video below gives you a great overview of Google Voice:

    Here are a few other good articles and videos to get started: How to Use Google Voice on Your iPhone or Android SmartphoneGoogle Voice: The ultimate how-to guide, and Google Voice Tutorial.

  4. Visual Voicemail!  I hate listening to and playing back audio voice messages, it’s time consuming, I often miss something (like when some one says their number way too fast and it’s not the number they are calling from) and I have to re-play the message multiple times.  Google Voice uses Google’s speech-to-text technology to transcribe your voicemail, converting the voice message into a readable text. If Google Voice messes up the transcription (and it does sometimes make mistakes) or you prefer to hear the original message, you can also listen to the audio recording just like a traditional voicemail.google-voice-voicemail

Try it today!  It’s easy!

FREE: MS Outlook app for iOS and Android!

If you like Outlook on your desktop or laptop computer, you have probably found the stock email and calendar programs for iOS and Android somewhat lacking.

Recently, Microsoft purchased a great little app maker called Acompli (www.acompli.com/) and converted it into the mobile version of Outlook. I think it works extremely well and I would suggest that you try it out. It’s is easy to use and best of all it’s FREE!


This is also the first calendar app that I have found to be reliable for adding or accepting meetings on my cell phone.  While many calendar apps will allow you add and edits calendar entries on your phone, most fall short when it comes to having the app sync up with your desktop calendar (2-way syncing), Microsoft seems to have solved this problem.


You can learn more about Outlook for iOS and Android at: [cryout-button-dark url=”#”]A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android[/cryout-button-dark].

Outlook snapshots

You can download Outlook for iOS for FREE at:  [cryout-button-light url=”#”]Outlook for iOS[/cryout-button-light] and a preview of [cryout-button-color url=”#” color=”#47AFFF”]Outlook for Android[/cryout-button-color].

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