Taking notes with an iPad has been a LIFESAVER in college! Some of the reasons why I love using my iPad for notes include:
1) It’s compact. My notes for ALL my classes are in one device
2) The writing features are amazing! You can choose from different colors, pen widths, and highlighters.
3) It’s easier to erase and duplicate your writing on your iPad versus on paper.
If you still need convincing on whether the iPad is for you, I suggest you read this post. If you just bought an iPad and want to learn about my favorite apps for studying, watch my Youtube video. Once you feel ready, continue reading this current post on how to take aesthetic notes on your iPad!
Now, let’s be realistic for a moment. You’re not always going to have the time during lecture to make your notes all neat and perfect. In fact, I encourage you to NOT take aesthetic notes during lecture. You’re going to miss important points while you’re wondering what color to write in haha! Take aesthetic notes on your iPad when you do have time to sit down and make things pretty. I often do it when I’m creating study guides for upcoming exams and need to make all my notes legible and neat.
Here’s How to Take Aesthetic Notes on Your iPad!
1. Establish Your Color Palette
Having a consistent color palette will allow your notes to be cohesive. However, don’t go overboard and use too many different colors because then your notes will get too distracting. I recommend having around 4-6 colors on your palette. And make sure they look good together! Use this website if you’re looking for color palette ideas. 🙂
2. Use a Different Color For Each Type of Text
Now that you’ve established your color palette, you should assign those colors to different types of text. For example, your heading/title would be a unique color compared to the subheading or paragraph text. Keeping things consistent will also help your brain organize information faster and allow you to find different parts of your notes quicker.
3. Use Your Highlighter
I like to use my highlighter tool to emphasize the most important points of the document. You could also use it to highlight key words.
4. Spice Things Up Using Cursive
If you’re feeling extra, add a little cursive in there!
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5. Draw Out Concepts Instead of Writing
Sometimes, it’s easier to remember concepts when you draw them out. You can illustrate them through graphs, mechanisms/pathways, or diagrams.
6. Organize Your Notes Using Numbers and Bullet Points
If you do have to write things out, I recommend using numbers and bullet points to keep your notes organized. This will also push you to make your notes concise and only add the most important details.