If you’re a student, busy professional or just taking classes to increase your knowledge of a particular topic, then you know how time consuming and frustrating it can be keeping track of important things that you learn. Sure, like most people you’ve probably done the accepted thing and bought a notebook along with pens. The problem is, sometimes you need to correct things or add additional thoughts, and at other times you may need to draw something, say a diagram that explains a particular concept. And you need to keep things neat and organized. This is where note taking software can really give you the edge. But what exactly is it and how can it help?
Note taking software was designed for the specific purpose of making note taking quicker, more efficient and enables the person using it to organize his or her notes in a form that is logical to them, with less time wasted if corrections need to be made.
Primarily designed for students from grade school on up to college, this type of software in reality can benefit anyone regardless of whether they are in school or not.
That being said, there are a number of options available when it comes to this productivity enhancing tool. So, when comparing note taking software, what should you look for?
First off, be sure that it is compatible with your system. Sounds simple, right? You’d be surprised how many people click through to buy software without first checking if their system can run it well or even if it is for their specific operating system. Always check the “recommended” system requirements and not the “minimum” as the the former is what you actually need to run things efficiently.
Next, take a look at the features of the program.
A good note taking software program should have multiple way that you can organize your notes. Options here should include: subject, tag (key concept) and notes. You should be able to organize by concept or tag, as every note taken on a particular topic will be easy to find and linked to the subject matter.
Another thing to look for is facilities for review. A good note taking software program should make adding of thoughts or ideas to a particular note easy (an editor should be available). This is paramount to keeping ideas and learning flowing as nothing is worse than having to hunt for a particular function.
But what if you have to sketch out a diagram? Good note taking software should have this feature included and made easy to use. Obviously, you won’t be doing a Rembrandt but basic facilities for freehand drawing and uploading should be included.
Finally, note taking software should aid in the learning process by giving the student access to relevant information from within the application. Again, this keeps the flow going by not making the student fire up another piece of software to do research.