Student Tools: GoodNotes Review and Ways to Use the App for School and Planning

A GoodNotes review and ways to use the app for school and planning for those who like the digital get-down.

Student Tools: GoodNotes Review and Ways to Use the App for School and Planning

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What is GoodNotes?

“GoodNotes transforms your iPad into digital paper. It's a single place for all your handwritten notes and formerly paper-based information.” - GoodNotes Website

Basically, GoodNotes is an app that lets you:

  • Import documents such as PDF, Word and PowerPoint

  • Makes the documents you import searchable, so you can filter through your notes easily

  • Turn a digital planner into a work of art you created all on your own

  • Fall in love with handwriting notes without wasting paper

If you like the idea of bringing everything with you without lugging around a laptop, GoodNotes on the iPad is a great solution.

How I Use GoodNotes

I use GoodNotes as a Bullet Journal and Planner on my iPad (full review of the iPad 2018 for school), and I also use it to keep with my class notes. There are many ways to utilize the app, and it all depends on what you need. One of my folders looks like this:

Student Tools: GoodNotes Review and Ways to Use the App for School and Planning

Planners and Bullet Journals in GoodNotes

I create my own planners on Keynote on my iPad (tutorial here), and I import them into GoodNotes. Here’s my latest planner creation.

All of the words and images are clickable - they are linked to their corresponding page. Just click and go!

Using GoodNotes for Lecture Notes

When I’m in class, I like to save the PowerPoint for the lecture into GoodNotes so that I can highlight key points and add in extra topics and discussions we learn during the lecture.

You can write with the Apple Pencil or you can use the text box and type in your notes directly on the slides.

I prefer typing in red and highlighting to make sure it stands out to me later.

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How to Get GoodNotes

The latest version of GoodNotes is 5, and you can download it onto your iPad or iPhone here. It is currently $7.99.

I have it on my iPad and iPhone, so that I always have it on me, in case I feel the need to view my documents or add some notes.

Overall Thoughts on GoodNotes

Studying, planning and note-taking are very personal things, but if you enjoy any of them digitally, I highly recommend checking out GoodNotes.

If you’re a student, downloading the lecture presentations and taking your notes directly onto the slides really comes in handy during revision and study sessions later on.

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Student Tools: GoodNotes Review and Ways to Use the App for School and Planning