How to Use Evernote to Stay Organized In School

How to Use Evernote to Stay Organized In School

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The Business of Education is an institution designed to challenge students to develop learning techniques and time management skills as much as it serves to impart quality education.

Many have found themselves drowning from school work even if they possess a firm understanding of course material.

This shouldn’t be the case.  

Learning techniques, time management, and organizational skills can be learned.  Or, borrowed from.  That is where Office Otter is here to help.

That’s why we created the Class & Lecture Notes Template to help you keep track of school and coursework.

Step 1: Download Evernote

If you don’t have it already, download the Evernote program. It has a free-version, so you can save your pizza money. 🙂

Get started with Evernote.

Step 2: Download Class & Lecture Notes Template for Evernote

Access Class Notes on Evernote for iPad

Class Notes

A template to help you keep track of lecture notes and class assignments.

The following information will explain the different sections of the template and how to best use it.

Note Title

Make finding your note easy by using this title system:

Breakdown of the proper way to title a class or lecture note.

Instructor Contact Information

Add this to the top of the document so it is easily accessible.  This information should be provided in your syllabus.  

Don’t forget to include office hours!


Upload the syllabus and attach it to this note.

A syllabus is a contract between you and the expectations of the class.  

Additionally, a good syllabus will include important learning objectives and a reading list.  These two things are very helpful, not just during class but to have in your records afterward.  It will help you reference what you learned when you are applying for jobs.

Some professors are weird about protecting their syllabus.  It comes down to wanting to protect their intellectual property in the field of academia.  Be respectful of how you use their materials and don’t sell it or pass it off as your own course.  However, don’t be dissuaded from keeping the information for your own records – if you paid tuition that knowledge is yours.

Homework and Projects

This is where you list all the things you need to do for the class.  This includes homework, projects, and even studying for a test.

Use the checkbox feature in Evernote so you know what you’ve completed. Plus, it provides a very satisfying “Check” once you’ve completed or turned in the assignment.

Want to make sure you don’t forget an assignment?  Create a reminder on this note and an alarm to check back before the due date.

Lecture Notes

Under this section, simply start each lecture with a date and proceed with notes in whatever format you prefer (bullets, highlighting, etc.)  Include questions you have in red text and highlight anything you believe may be on an exam.

If your professor is generous enough to provide the slides to a lecture, download them and add them to this note.  

Pro Tip
Want to save a slide during a lecture? Take a photo with Evernote’s camera feature on the app and attach it to the lecture notes.

Finally – if you are the nice “let’s all be better students and share learning” type (yay!), you’ll be interested to know that you can share your lecture notes with other students.  

Simply click the share icon and you can send as an Evernote note, as an email, or even as a link on your social media.

Go forth, learning minds!  

As always, Office Otter <3 feedback.  What other templates would you like to see?

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