Note Taking iPad/Tablet Apps to Boost Productivity | GUTS Tips

With the rapid transition to the world of online learning during the pandemic, many students faced challenges trying to navigate the overwhelming amount of teaching and learning materials. These applications can be helpful for creating and organizing an appropriate note-taking system that aligns with your learning style as well as utilizing your task management skills.

To help with your decision of finding note-taking applications that work for you, we’ve compiled several resources that you might want to check out if you’re switching devices or if you’re looking for ways to improve your studying habits.




Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Web

This platform is used to create text, checklists, and headings, as well as media types such as images, web bookmarks, video, audio, code snippets, and files.

Price: Free for personal users; free trial for team users with a 1,000 block limit; from $10/month/user for teams with unlimited blocks.


Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Web

This application is accessible both on desktop and mobile and allows users to take notes in various formats, including text, pictures, audio and video recordings, and more. Note-taking is accessible with the ability to organize your notes into notebooks. And if you consider yourself losing notes all the time, Evernote’s tools such as tags and shortcuts allow users to easily find the notes you are looking for. What makes Evernote even more impressive is its ability to synchronize your content across multiple devices (phone, tablet or PC).

Price: Limited free plan; $7.99/month for Evernote Premium with unlimited devices and offline mobile access.


iOS, macOS

This app allows users to integrate with Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. It also allows them to access their documents and open PDFs from any website, annotate them and share them via a privately shared folder. Note-taking on this platform can be very flexible depending on your style of note-taking: recording audio and taking notes at the same time, taking notes on either an iPad Pro or an iPad (6th generation and up) with Apple Pencil, and so on.

Price: Free (premium features are available)

Microsoft OneNote

iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Web

This platform allows Android and Apple users to type, write by hand (using a stylus), clip Web pages and even scan handwritten notes. There are also other features included in this application such as color-coded sections, powerful search feature, custom labels and tags, as well as highlights and ink annotations. This application is compatible with applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Price: Free for up to 5GB of notes; $1.99/month for 100GB.


iOS, macOS

This application allows Apple users to search any term – whether handwritten or typed, annotate PDFs and PowerPoints, utilize built-in flash cards study mode, and so on. Users can also choose from various covers, paper templates (graph, dotted, and lined paper), weekly planners to personalize your notes.

Price: Free for your first 3 notebooks; $7.99 for unlimited.

Written by Loreli Litney

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