This is my 100th post on this blog! I can’t believe how long I’ve been writing on this website. It’s been so much fun and I’ve gotten to write about so many different things; it’s a dream come true. Thank you so much to all of my followers and readers!
A week ago, I blogged about what I keep in my school backpack. I mentioned how I use my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to take notes and do all of my work, effectively becoming a paperless student! I got some questions about that and wanted to share with you guys how I use my iPad and what apps I keep on it to succeed in school!
This is the app that I use for all of my note-taking! Writing with the Apple Pencil is such a game changer because when it comes to school, handwriting is better than typing up notes. I can have all my notebooks for all of my different courses all in one convenient place and switch between them almost instantaneously. I also digitized my bullet journal, and have it on GoodNotes as well. I miss the feel of my old bullet journal, but having it with me at all times makes it much easier to stay organized.
BlackBoard is the website that my school uses for all of my coursework, grades, and assignments. I have the mobile app on my cell phone and can keep an eye on everything easily. For my iPad, I have the mobile version as well, but it’s a much better layout for the iPad than for the cell phone. I can access all of my syllabi and assignments from my professors with ease. When my professors upload the PowerPoints from their lectures, I can export them to the GoodNotes app and take notes directly over the presentations. It’s changed how I take notes, and for the better.
This is one of the most crucial apps for my note taking and bullet journaling. I can make headers and titles for all of the pages in my notebooks. I can change the text and the font easily, making it original and aesthetically pleasing. For every new page, I tend to use Over to make sure I can easily identify what the contents of the page are. I highly recommend this app for everyone! You can use it on your cell phone for all of your stuff there as well. It’s worth it!
Another creative app just like Over, but using the Apple Pencil to its full potential! A couple of years ago, I was really into art and sketching through a variety of mediums. With this app, I’ve rekindled that love and took up sketching on Procreate. It’s definitely different than using a graphite pencil, but I’m learning to love it. There are tons of videos on YouTube that show how different artists use Procreate and mold it to their style. If you’re interested, you should check them out!
Another app that I use all the time. I’m using it right now to write this blog post! For the longest time, I would only access this blog through my laptop. When I tried writing through the iPad app for WordPress, it was a bit strange for me. Now, I’ve worked out all the kinks and can work through the mobile app just as efficiently as the website. There are pros and cons to both ways, and I’m not sure which one I’ll use more. For now, I’m happy with the WordPress mobile app!
A classic need for everyone! These were some of the first apps that I downloaded just because streaming apps are always a great thing to have. I don’t have cable or television, so these are my substitutes. I love both dearly because they have a variety of shows that are my favorites. I haven’t had much time for either app, however, due to the level of academic pressure that comes with finals so close. I have less than a month before the end of my junior year of college!
I think this was the second app that I downloaded when I got my iPad. I’m an avid reader and Kindle is one of the best apps out there. Like with my notes for school, I love having all of my books in one place with me at all times. With programs like Kindle Unlimited, I can take advantage of all of the amazing books there are out there to read. I’m very, very happy with Kindle and how it works. I also have iBooks, which I can access through family sharing and read all of the books that my mother and father have purchased. It’s an amazing thing.
I’ve been learning French in my spare time, because why not? I use Duolingo for this and I’m glad that I do. It’s a free language app that works through website, app, and mobile devices. A month or so ago, they updated the French lessons and included more parts of the language, from common greetings to grammar. Every day, I can learn a little bit more of French. It’s nice to have it on my iPad so that I can access it any time of day. Sometimes I’ll do my daily lesson while waiting for a class to start. I recommend Duolingo to everyone, they have so many languages to choose from! The best part? It’s completely free!
These are all of the apps that I use the most on my iPad. Since becoming a paperless college student, I have found academics to be so much easier. The ease that comes with having everything in one little package is indescribable (not that I didn’t try!). Would you be a paperless student? Leave a comment down below. As always, thank you so much for reading!