6 ways students can use Evernote

Snapping a photo of a whiteboard sketch

Evernote is a great tool for students. Whether you're pursuing a BS in robotics or a PhD in anthropology, Evernote makes it easy to organize all your coursework and assignments so you can quickly find what you're looking for. And, eligible students can get 50% off Evernote Personal.


1. Organize class notes into notebooks

A set of notebooks

Use Evernote as a digital binder where you can save all your coursework, school info, schedules, and anything else you collect throughout the school term. Start by creating a notebook structure to keep similar notes together. Create separate notebooks for each class. Keep notes from all your class lectures, labs, and group projects in the same notebook.


Animation of course notebooks created



Multiple notebooks can be grouped together into notebook stacks for extra organization. Create one stack for each school term and add individual course notebooks to it.


2. Scan and search handwritten notes

Using your phone as a scanner

Use the Evernote camera on your phone to snap photos of whiteboards and handouts.

A woman with a magnifying glass to indicate search

Evernote runs images through a character-recognition process that makes handwritten words searchable.


Scanned whiteboard note with search results



Use the pen tool to handwrite or draw directly into Evernote on your phone or tablet. Use the color and highlighter options for emphasis or enhancements.


3. Record lectures and talks

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Recording a lecture

Make sure you don't miss any important points. Where permitted, use Evernote on your phone or laptop to make audio recordings of lectures or group discussions to complement your text notes.


In-app recorder tool


Increase your retention by setting reminders to review class notes later.


4. Draw and write on PDFs

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Annotating a PDF

Evernote gives you simple tools to add notes to PDFs. Highlight important sections of your syllabus and assignment sheets. Add text, arrows, and other shapes to draw attention to what’s important in your reading.


Sample note with preview of attached course syllabus PDF



Use the Evernote camera on your mobile device to scan course outlines, handouts, and other paper documents as PDFs. On your computer, save PDFs and Office docs into Evernote right alongside related class notes.


SAMPLE NOTE: View annotated Course Syllabus PDF sample note


5. Manage assignments with to-do lists and reminders

Checking off your to-do list

Class assignments, project deliverables, study group meeting times—jot them all down in Evernote. Access your lists on or off campus from any device where you have Evernote.



Share lists with others working on a group project with you. Give everyone edit permissions so they can check off their own completed tasks on a shared list.


SAMPLE NOTE: View sample checklists note


6. Keep campus event and student life info in one place

Save web pages from your browser to Evernote

Save entire web pages into Evernote using Web Clipper. Keep screenshots, images, and important information from your online student portal in Evernote, alongside other related notes. Save online campus info, class info, and club info as notes. Keep event calendars, library hours, weekly dining menus, and emergency evacuation locations in Evernote.



Enable offline notebook access so notes you reference regularly are available to you even when you're without an internet connection.



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