By: Shannon McHale ’15, CRS Weight/Fitness Supervisor
This Week’s App: Evernote
Happy finals week, Terps! As the semester comes to a close, the last thing we want to think about (and the one thing we have to think about) is more schoolwork.
If you’re one of the many who’s frantically searching through notebooks, looking for what will actually be useful as you study for finals, let us make a recommendation: try Evernote. Take it from us – having good organizational skills throughout the semester will make your next finals week a lot easier.
Evernote is a surprisingly widely-used tool that can help you get organized for school, work, or just life in general. The app, available for a variety of platforms, enables you to take notes, record voice memos, make to-do-lists, and search through your files. You can then organize those files by folder, email them to your Evernote account (which you can access via computer, tablet, or phone) and share them with classmates or coworkers through social networking.
Here are some ways the app suggests you use Evernote for your personal and professional life in case you don’t know where to start:
- Research smarter: snap photos of whiteboards and books
- Take meeting and class notes, draft agendas and research notes
- Plan a trip: keep track of travel plans, plane tickets and passports
- Organize and save recipes; search by ingredients later
- Create a grocery list or task list and check things off as you go
- View web pages saved in Evernote on your desktop
- Capture ideas and inspiration on the go
- Access files and notes you create on your phone from your desktop
- Keep track of products and prices for comparison shopping purposes
- Keep finances in order: save receipts, bills and contracts
- Reduce paper clutter by taking snapshots of restaurant menus, business cards and labels
Evernote is super convenient if you’re the kind of person who likes to take notes electronically, or if you’re into using new technology to get tasks done. We wish we had started using Evernote earlier – it’s pretty hard to transition between paper and electronic notes halfway through the semester.
With that said, electronic notes are awesome, because typing is quick and being able to Control-F certain phrases later is way easier than re-reading every note you took. We also loved how easy it was to move files between our phones and computers.
Plus, Evernote acts as an easy back-up system for your notes – they’re stored on the app, so if your phone or tablet crashes, you can access your stuff by logging onto our account from another device.
This time of the school year is stressful for all of us, and we often kick ourselves now for letting things get out of control. Being organized from the get-go makes hectic times like midterms and finals (or even the holidays) go more smoothly. The time you save rifling through papers can be used to exercise, sleep, or get a little bit of relaxation in during the dreaded finals week.
We know you’re probably not thinking about next semester just yet, but definitely bookmark Evernote for when spring semester rolls around on Jan. 27.