The best apps for jotting down notes and thoughts at university

It's very easy to be overwhelmed with information when you're at university, and having a good place to note it all down is essential for staying ahead. 

Using note-taking apps is brilliant for keeping your shopping lists, lecture notes, essay ideas and everything else synced across every device you use. Your device might even be pre-installed with one, but if you're looking for something great, then you'll want to try the following suggestions:
 

Google Keep

Google Keep

Google Keep is the note-taking app of choice for those people who want to record their thoughts quickly. The simple app can even be placed as a full-size home screen widget, so that notes are easily retrieved. Handy features include attaching images, creating checklists, colour-coding notes, and setting reminder notifications.
 

Download Google Keep: Google Play

 

Evernote

Evernote

A popular, but perhaps more complicated alternative for Google Keep is Evernote. The two apps share many features and functionality, but Evernote is much more developed and fleshed-out, as well as having the benefit of being on more platforms.
 

Download Evernote: iTunes / Google Play / Windows Phone / Windows Store

 

OneNote

OneNote

If you have used a Windows PC in the past you may have come across Microsoft OneNote before, but it is also available as an app across most devices that sync up with one-another. OneNote offers very in-depth note taking, and you can combine doodles, pictures and text all on the same note ‘document’. If you want to take notes in lectures whilst having the ability to insert and annotate diagrams/graphs with ease, you should look into downloading this app.
 

Download OneNote: iTunes Windows Phone Windows Store

 

Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper

If you're looking to draw ideas instead of typing them on a tablet device, then you should try Bamboo Paper. This app lets you create virtual notebooks to draw all your ideas into, and what's more, there are even stylus's you can purchase online, to let you draw with more precision. Of course, you may want to stick with the tried and tested pen & paper. 
 

Download Bamboo Paper: iTunes / Google Play / Windows Store

 

Notability

Notability

If you own an iPhone/iPad and don’t mind spending a tenner, you could do worse than purchase Notability. It follows the premise of Bamboo Paper, but comes with even more benefits, such a more refined experience, the ability to import PDFs to annotate (Great for lectures), and syncing of notes to iCloud. The only disadvantages are that, right now, the app is only available for iDevices, and that it isn’t free. 
 

Download Notability: iTunes (£9.99)

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