Android Apps for Notes

10.30.2014

This year I’ve found that taking notes digitally, that is using a stylus and an iPad, is quite helpful. So I’ve created a list of some Android apps that have similar functions as Goodnotes, Notability, etc. (this list is coming up next!)

Before the list, though, I just want to say a few words about using apps to take notes. Like to any method, there are advantages and disadvantages. For example, I constantly get distracted at my iPad. A message blinks, the lecture gets boring, or if I’m waiting for an important email- it’s too easy to switch screens…so there goes my quality listening time. On the other hand, the iPad has really saved my butt (or should I say my back?) this quarter, as my backpack would have probably weighted 15 tons if I had journals in there in addition to the textbooks.Roblox Free Unlimited Robux and Tix

1. Quill

This app is one of the better ones I’ve found, and it’s only $1.00 on Google Play. Looks like there is a variety of options for pens/pencils/colors/fonts, etc, there’s an option to connect a special digitizer pen and some options for PDF annotation.

2. Equil Note

Also looks like a great app, with very nice reviews! Free and supports the Equil Smartpen (this means you can write notes with a ballpoint pen on paper and it automatically transfers those notes into the app. Converts handwriting into editable text and recognizes 11 (!!) languages. By far, my favorite on the list.

3. Handrite Note Notepad Lite/Pro

A simpler version of the first two apps, Handrite Note Notepad allows you to simply write stuff down and see it appear on the main page. The images on google play show it being used on a phone, so hopefully it’s more spacious on the actual tablet.

4. Evernote

Definitely the best app for typing notes. Notes can be synchronized on any device (apple, windows, android) and are reachable from anywhere. I use this app mostly to take screenshots of stuff I like on the internet and then finding them in my phone when I’m at a craft store (thinking, “What should I buy today….?”)

5.  Notepad +

Looks like a great app and the closest one to resemble Goodnotes! Allows you to annotate PDF’s, take handwritten notes and even draw some fun pictures! This is the app I’d buy ($2.99, by the way).

6. INKredible- Handwriting Note

A very simplistic, neat app with a zoom in and palm rejection features, different pen options and a very comfortable interface. Love it!

7. OneNote

A Windows classic and the master of organized notes. Type, draw, hand write your notes and find them on any device. If you don’t  like any of the previous apps, go for this one and you won’t regret it!

 

I’d love to hear what apps you use to take notes! Comment below and help out your fellow students!

How to Make a Study Plan

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*My fall quarter starts on September 24th. Professors started posting textbook information, test information, syllabus, etc. on the course websites a couple days, so I thought it would be a good idea to prepare for each class before it starts *

Once you have your textbooks, a little bit of information on the website, and the syllabus, start preparing your study plan for the quarter.

1. Read the course syllabus. Professors know exactly what they will be teaching, how big the workload will be, exam schedules, reading material, etc. Once you read the syllabus, you are already mentally prepared for the class, and it won’t seem as overwhelming on the first day.

** Important information to take away from the syllabus:
– Homework load
– Class schedule, test information
– Retake and make up policy
– Any class- specific information

2. Look up your professor on RateMyProfessorsBy reading other students’ reviews, you can get a preview into what your classes will be like. It’s important not to believe every word you read there, simply because every student has a different (or no) relationship with his professor.

** Info to take away from Ratemyprofessors:
STUDY TIPS. A lot of students write what they’ve done to be successful in the class
– How to professor teaches the class. What materials to use
– Homework/ work load

3. Write down your goals for the course. Whether it’s a specific grade you want to earn or the information you’d like to learn, it’s good to have something to motivate you.

** More info:
– Create a Work Document, a poster or just some random sheet and write down your goals on it
– Hang in somewhere where you’ll see it as a reminder and motivator

4. Note exam dates, reading schedule, etc. Look over the syllabus or a schedule chart, if one is available, and assign yourself pages to read a few weeks ahead. You can always modify this list as the quarter progresses

5. Attend the first few Lectures. Probably the most important thing you could do to prepare for the future classes.

** Info to take away:
– Professor’s teaching style
– Plan a note-taking technique
– What you’ll actually need to read/ do to succeed.
Talk to the professor, ask for tips on how to study for his/her class!!

Studying for Math

HOW TO STUDY FOR MATH.

The KEY: 1) Understand all the concepts before you go on any further
2) Do practice problems to secure that understanding

— Follow along as your teacher explains a concept and try to understand it in class. If you have any questions, ask right away or after class so you don’t get behind. In math most concepts are built upon each other, so missing something early on might cause some trouble later!

— At home, do practice problems (on that same day) to help everything sink in. With no review, you could forget what you’ve already understood and it may be difficult to recall later on.

Sleep Cycles

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Lately I’ve been so exhausted, it’s crazy. However, I found a simple solution to waking up refreshed and energetic every time: the REM cycle concept.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night? Just kind of acknowledged the fact that you’re awake and it’s not yet time to get up, and then went straight back to sleep? Chances are, it wasn’t any noise that woke you up- you simply finished one of your REM cycles. Sometimes what happens to me is if I wake up during the night, hang out for a little bit and try to go back to bed, I’ll feel too awake to fall asleep right away. This means that the key to feeling super awake and energetic in the morning is waking up at the end of any REM cycle.That way, no matter how many hours you have slept (or haven’t slept!), you will not interrupt your sleep in the middle of the cycle and force yourself out of bed.

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Another cool thing I learned the other day is that the earlier you go to bed, the more valuable those early hours of sleep are. For example, Napoleon only slept for 5 hours each night, and for a grown man and a crazy awesome leader that’s obviously not enough. The solution to this problem is that the sleep you get from about 9 pm to 10 pm is equivalent to 3 or even 4 hours of sleep at 5 am. So, as the night continues, the value of those hours will drop down. In the end, the time you sleep from 5 am to 6 am will equal to 30 minutes. Maybe that’s why it’s not such a good idea to pull all-nighters before tests!

In addition to that, my boyfriend showed me this wonderful website (first thing Google gives you) called Sleepy Time, which can tell you exactly when to fall asleep (make sure to give yourself 10-15 minutes) if you need to wake up at a certain time.It also works the other way around- if you fall asleep now, when is it “safe” to get up? There is probably a million apps that can do the job as well.

Here is a list of apps that work the same way as Sleepy Time:

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (Apple)

Sleep Bot- Sleep Cycle Alarm (Android)

Sleepy Time (Windows)

You don’t have to read EVERYTHING

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Recently, all the reading assignments have been SO overwhelming.  I complained to a friend about how much reading we are assigned (for one class, we have to read 4 chapters a week each about 50-60 pages long… ), she told me something that completely shocked me: that I don’t have to read in order to get a good grade. I was so surprised, because obviously you don’t have to read anything, you can always wing it, but the idea of getting a good grade without reading sounded a little weird. 

Her point was that if the lecture covers the exact same material as in the book, you don’t need to learn it twice. It might take a couple of weeks to figure this out, but compared to how much time you’ll save, it’s nothing. So the idea is that you just have to listen very closely to what is said on the lecture, write down notes and try to process everything right then. However, if you don’t understand the concepts or whatever you’re studying, it won’t hurt to look at the readings. If that doesn’t help, you can panic and go get help (always an option!).

Of course, this doesn’t work for every single class. This “technique” completely depends on what is taught in the class and how much the professor misses from the readings. I will give you an example.

I am currently taking two classes: physics and psychology. They are both beginner levels (110 and 101), so they are not very hard. But because they are introductory classes, there’s a TON of information to learn and process. My physics professor is actually very boring. He takes the exact same material as he assigns us to read and just goes over it with a PowerPoint presentation. I think even the examples are the same, from the book. So….I haven’t opened the textbook in about 6 weeks now (I’m not proud, but I am). My average score on the tests is 94% and all I do is listen to the lecture and take notes. The psychology professor, on the other hand, teaches us some information that’s not in the book and expects us to know every little thing from the chapter readings. Both of them are on the tests, so there is absolutely no way around them. So in this class, I actually read and take notes on the chapter in the end. This seems to work now, but it Just. Takes. So. Much. TIME. That’s why I want to find a different way to do this (and I think I have!), but more on this later.

So the point of this rant is- don’t do unnecessary work. The three things that will help you remember more and study less are:

1) Pay attention, 2) Take good, complete notes; 3)Listen closely and process all information on the spot.  It will save you a ton of time and nerves.

Coming up next- what I learned about sleep cycles.