Back to School? How to Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote

Danny Stieben 11-09-2013

School time can become stressful for both students and teachers, especially in high school and later in college. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial that you stay as organized as possible so that you know where to find the information you need and make things as easy as possible for yourself. As you can see from all of the features detailed in our Evernote manual How to Use Evernote: The Unofficial Manual Learning how to use Evernote on your own takes a long time. This is why we've put together this guide to show you how to take full advantage of the most important Evernote features. Read More , Evernote is a fantastic tool to take care of all of this as there are many reasons to use Evernote Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything Remember Everything. That’s the Evernote motto and that’s what it allows you to do best. If you aren't familiar yet with Evernote, you’re in for a real treat! If you have heard of it, but... Read More , so here are a few tips which you can use to get an advantage in school.


Lecture Notes

Of course, the most obvious tip is to use Evernote for your lecture notes. It’s simply way of writing everything down in an easily accessible location, which can also be searched for important keywords. Evernote also has different notebooks and “stacks” (groups of notebooks), so you can have a notebook for each class, and a stack for each year or semester. Best of all, Evernote is a great choice for lecture notes because all of your Evernote notes are accessible via the mobile apps Evernote: A Must-Have App for the iPhone and iPad [iOS] In the last several months, the iOS versions of Evernote have undergone a significant overhaul of their user interfaces, closely mirroring the design and features of the counterpart web and Mac applications. We have added... Read More as well. There’s even a handy comparison between Evernote and OneNote on Android Comparing Evernote to OneNote on an Android Phone It's no secret that folks at MUO really like note-taking apps. Evernote in particular has become a favorite for a lot of people. It's constantly mentioned around the net as one of the best note-taking... Read More . What’s more convenient than to pull up some lecture notes on your smartphone for that last minute cram session before the big test?

If your teacher uses presentation slides during their lectures, and they make them freely available to the class, you can download those presentations and attach them to your notes. Not only could this potentially cut down on the amount of notes you need to take, but it also is a convenient to have all of your class material in one place.

One of the simplest uses could be to use your phone camera and snap a photo of the whiteboard with all the notes. Evernote’s text-recognition feature makes every image searchable. If possible, do it after class if it’s not allowed by the teacher!

Since Evernote also supports audio notes, why not record what your teacher or professor is saying while you’re typing out notes? There are always instances when your teacher says something that you might miss or forget if you don’t have an audio recording.

The same tip can be applied for teachers as well — they can use Evernote to organize the topics they want to cover for each class session. They can even share the notebook with students if they like.



Why stop at just lecture notes? If your class requires you to complete a research project, you can use tools like the Evernote Web Clipper to save snippets of useful information into a note. You can do similar things with items you find offline such as in a textbook — just snap a picture with the Evernote app on your smartphone, and Evernote will do its magic on the image to make it searchable. This is useful not only when it comes to organization, but it can also be useful when you can only refer to textbooks while at the library and not borrow them.

For teachers, this feature can be just as important. You can use the Web Clipper for taking pictures of cool ideas, educational material, and more to keep track of ideas.


It’s more than certain that you’ll get handouts from your classes, such as a syllabus, so it’s important to keep that type of information organized as well. If you can scan them in, they will be processed as images and will also be easily searchable. This is fantastic for looking up certain information such as the teacher’s phone number, office room and office hours, and required textbook.

It should also be helpful to use Evernote’s tag system for items like these, in case you’d prefer to place them into a personal notebook rather than your class notebook. If the handouts are available as downloadable files, you can also upload them and expect them to be searchable, but only if you have an Evernote Premium account.



You may also get emails from your school or teachers, and it can be beneficial to keep those on Evernote as well. Each user has an Evernote email address associated with it, so anything that is sent to that special email address will appear as a new note on your account. Don’t worry about other people sending random items to your Evernote account — the email address is partially randomized so only you (and whoever you tell) will know what it is.

For those who may be curious, you can also use your Twitter account to create quick notes — once set up, you can send a tweet to @myEN and it’ll recognize your tweet and will automatically create a new note for you.


Hopefully these tips will help you become more organized in school with Evernote. Of course, these are all just tips which you are free to use, but Evernote is designed to be very flexible and open — you can use it however you want in order to have it work best for you. There are other ways to extend evernote as well — for instance, Evernote Peek is a handy study tool. There are 7 other recommended ways to improve the way you use Evernote 7 Tools To Improve The Way You Use Evernote For most people, the note-taking application of choice is Evernote. And Evernote users have good reasons for choosing the service for their note-taking needs -- it’s very functional, highly accessible, and has add-on features that... Read More ! Also, don’t forget to read our free guide to everything about Evernote How to Use Evernote: The Unofficial Manual Learning how to use Evernote on your own takes a long time. This is why we've put together this guide to show you how to take full advantage of the most important Evernote features. Read More .

What do you use to stay organized in school? If Evernote, how do you do it? Let us know in the comments!


Image Credit: Thomas Hawk

Related topics: Education Technology, Evernote, Note-Taking Apps, Organization Software.

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  1. michel
    September 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    "do it after class if it’s not allowed by the teacher!"
    Are you suggesting that people take photos and recordings in class even if specifically instructed it's prohibited? Please note that not only do many institutions have privacy policies against this kind of thing, it's actually illegal in many places (if not all) to record people's conversations without their knowledge and consent. As an instructor, I've had real trouble with exactly this issue.

  2. Jeremy G
    September 12, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Perfect timing for this article. I was looking for similar instructions just two days ago.
    Whatever I may say about the design of MUO, the timing of the articles has been ever great.

  3. Dee M
    September 12, 2013 at 1:43 am

    one of the most awesome browser extension - "clearly" takes the meat of web page and clears out all the junk leaving you with a clean copy - click the evernote icon and it clips that clean copy and will even learn what notebook to put it in.