Using iPads to make notes at uni

Watch
Voss.gloss20
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#1
Hey,

How do students take notes at uni? Is it easier to use an iPad, write on paper, use a laptop etc? Which style do you think is more convenient?

(For an aerospace engineering student)
0
reply
ClaudiaVan
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#2
Report 2 weeks ago
#2
Hi!
I have an IPad Pro and a MacBook

Depending on what I am doing (how big the desk space is also) I find using the iPad way easier to make notes on as it’s smaller and I can use my Apple Pencil to make notes aswell as type.

Formatting takes a while on the iPad but for note taking its great, light and portable! (There are loads of apps you can use like EverNote and the Microsoft word app too if you have a student acc that lets you use it).

MacBooks or laptops are great for formatting and researching. I normally use my MacBook when working at a solid desk or tackling lots of formatting jobs.

Hope this helps
(Id recxomened an iPad as it’ll most likely be half the cost of a MacBook)
1
reply
kuponut
Badges: 5
Rep:
?
#3
Report 2 weeks ago
#3
Typing and recording I use my Macbook (it has my audio notetaker DSA software on it), but for stuff where I need to draw diagrams, or phonetic transcription I use my iPad and apple pencil. Then eventually I type it all up and put the handwritten stuff in as well as an import into Notion, with anything like embedded videos in there as well.
1
reply
ClaudiaVan
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#4
Report 2 weeks ago
#4
(Original post by kuponut)
Typing and recording I use my Macbook (it has my audio notetaker DSA software on it), but for stuff where I need to draw diagrams, or phonetic transcription I use my iPad and apple pencil. Then eventually I type it all up and put the handwritten stuff in as well as an import into Notion, with anything like embedded videos in there as well.
Audio Notetaker is fantastic! (From a fellow DSA student here!)
0
reply
bluewolf21
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#5
Report 2 weeks ago
#5
I feel like using a 2 in 1 laptop is the best solution as the larger screen gives more room to write notes with, whilst also maintaining functionality from the iPad like having notes collected in one app and pen and paper with the ability to use handwritten notes. Often one with a good pen might be pricy, like a Lenovo C940 costing £1100 for i5, 256GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM, but when you're kind of getting both a laptop and a tablet the price isn't actually that bad tbh.
1
reply
ClaudiaVan
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#6
Report 2 weeks ago
#6
(Original post by bluewolf21)
I feel like using a 2 in 1 laptop is the best solution as the larger screen gives more room to write notes with, whilst also maintaining functionality from the iPad like having notes collected in one app and pen and paper with the ability to use handwritten notes. Often one with a good pen might be pricy, like a Lenovo C940 costing £1100 for i5, 256GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM, but when you're kind of getting both a laptop and a tablet the price isn't actually that bad tbh.
Good idea! I was genuinely thinking about getting one but already have a MacBook Pro, iPad and laptop! (I studied theatre tech hence all the technology!)
0
reply
University of Portsmouth Student Rep
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#7
Report 2 weeks ago
#7
(Original post by Voss.gloss20)
Hey,

How do students take notes at uni? Is it easier to use an iPad, write on paper, use a laptop etc? Which style do you think is more convenient?

(For an aerospace engineering student)
Hi Voss.gloss20!

I use my laptop to take notes and sometimes bring paper but I find it hard to keep up with the lecturer if I'm hand writing notes so I prefer typing. I presume your subject however requires a lot of maths/equations etc so you might benefit from a tablet where you can free hand some things and then get a key board for when you need to type. My best friend does maths and this is what she does and it seems really convent for her but for my course (Digital Marketing) I really wouldn't benefit from that. I definitely think you should look into a laptop or tablet.

Erin - Official Student Rep
1
reply
Voss.gloss20
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#8
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#8
(Original post by ClaudiaVan)
Hi!
I have an IPad Pro and a MacBook

Depending on what I am doing (how big the desk space is also) I find using the iPad way easier to make notes on as it’s smaller and I can use my Apple Pencil to make notes aswell as type.

Formatting takes a while on the iPad but for note taking its great, light and portable! (There are loads of apps you can use like EverNote and the Microsoft word app too if you have a student acc that lets you use it).

MacBooks or laptops are great for formatting and researching. I normally use my MacBook when working at a solid desk or tackling lots of formatting jobs.

Hope this helps
(Id recxomened an iPad as it’ll most likely be half the cost of a MacBook)
Oh right. Thanks for your response! ☺️
1
reply
Voss.gloss20
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#9
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#9
(Original post by kuponut)
Typing and recording I use my Macbook (it has my audio notetaker DSA software on it), but for stuff where I need to draw diagrams, or phonetic transcription I use my iPad and apple pencil. Then eventually I type it all up and put the handwritten stuff in as well as an import into Notion, with anything like embedded videos in there as well.
Thanks for your response. Do you hand write anything? Also, do you record all your lectures etc or does your uni put it online? ☺️
0
reply
Voss.gloss20
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#10
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#10
(Original post by bluewolf21)
I feel like using a 2 in 1 laptop is the best solution as the larger screen gives more room to write notes with, whilst also maintaining functionality from the iPad like having notes collected in one app and pen and paper with the ability to use handwritten notes. Often one with a good pen might be pricy, like a Lenovo C940 costing £1100 for i5, 256GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM, but when you're kind of getting both a laptop and a tablet the price isn't actually that bad tbh.
That’s a good point! Which do you prefer to use?
0
reply
Voss.gloss20
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#11
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#11
(Original post by University of Portsmouth Student Rep)
Hi Voss.gloss20!

I use my laptop to take notes and sometimes bring paper but I find it hard to keep up with the lecturer if I'm hand writing notes so I prefer typing. I presume your subject however requires a lot of maths/equations etc so you might benefit from a tablet where you can free hand some things and then get a key board for when you need to type. My best friend does maths and this is what she does and it seems really convent for her but for my course (Digital Marketing) I really wouldn't benefit from that. I definitely think you should look into a laptop or tablet.

Erin - Official Student Rep
Thanks for your response Erin! I’ll have a look into which tablet may be good to use. 😊
0
reply
bluewolf21
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#12
Report 2 weeks ago
#12
(Original post by Voss.gloss20)
That’s a good point! Which do you prefer to use?
Which what? Assuming you're talking about model, then I personally prefer the C940 as it has amazing speakers, good keyboard, decent IO, and a 14" screen - I do CS, and having more screen real estate for code is nice.

But for better or for worse, there are different models that suit different people. For instance, those who value graphical performance may opt for something like a Surface Book 3, those who value portability may get a Surface Pro 7, and those on a budget may go with a cheaper option like a HP Pavilion 14.
Last edited by bluewolf21; 2 weeks ago
1
reply
Voss.gloss20
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#13
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#13
(Original post by bluewolf21)
Which what? Assuming you're talking about model, then I personally prefer the C940 as it has amazing speakers, good keyboard, decent IO, and a 14" screen - I do CS, and having more screen real estate for code is nice.

But for better or for worse, there are different models that suit different people. For instance, those who value graphical performance may opt for something like a Surface Book 3, those who value portability may get a Surface Pro 7, and those on a budget may go with a cheaper option like a HP Pavilion 14.
Thanks for your response. Sounds like a really good laptop, worth investing into.
0
reply
UniofReading
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#14
Report 2 weeks ago
#14
(Original post by Voss.gloss20)
Hey,

How do students take notes at uni? Is it easier to use an iPad, write on paper, use a laptop etc? Which style do you think is more convenient?

(For an aerospace engineering student)
Hi Voss.gloss20,

I've defo seen a lot of people write their notes on an iPad. However, in my experience, I have found I find it much quicker to type the notes on my laptop rather than on an iPad. I also find that I cannot keep up with the lecturer if I handwrite my lecture notes. However, I personally do handwrite organic chemistry and I would think it might be applicable there. I think it depends hugely on your subject. For example, one of my friends does maths and he does find it useful to have an iPad instead to write his notes and solve his problems.

Hope this helps!
From,

Amina - Student Ambassador
1
reply
Voss.gloss20
Badges: 17
Rep:
?
#15
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#15
(Original post by UniofReading)
Hi Voss.gloss20,

I've defo seen a lot of people write their notes on an iPad. However, in my experience, I have found I find it much quicker to type the notes on my laptop rather than on an iPad. I also find that I cannot keep up with the lecturer if I handwrite my lecture notes. However, I personally do handwrite organic chemistry and I would think it might be applicable there. I think it depends hugely on your subject. For example, one of my friends does maths and he does find it useful to have an iPad instead to write his notes and solve his problems.

Hope this helps!
From,

Amina - Student Ambassador
Hi Amina,

Thanks for your response! I think I’ll wait and see whether my course (aerospace engineering) is more calculation or content based and go from there then☺️
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

How are you feeling ahead of results day?

Very Confident (52)
8.86%
Confident (75)
12.78%
Indifferent (82)
13.97%
Unsure (152)
25.89%
Worried (226)
38.5%

Watched Threads

View All