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10 Tips for Using Evernote to De-Stress College from Student Ambassador Megan Cotter

10 Tips for Using Evernote to De-Stress College from Student Ambassador Megan Cotter

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 18 Apr 2012

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 18 Apr 2012

Editor’s Note: This note was updated with minor edits on June 5, 2015 to more accurately reflect the current Evernote feature set.



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We’ve talked to a lot of students who use Evernote for everything from taking notes to working on group projects and today we’re excited to announce our new Student Ambassador, Megan Cotter. Megan is a college student who’s here to share her tips for ways to use Evernote in a college or university setting. Megan is kicking things off by sharing a few of her top tips for using Evernote in college, just in time for finals.

10 Tips for Using Evernote to De-Stress College

College students have to keep track of a lot of things: every set of class notes, every internship/job application, every piece of information for every extracurricular activity, and on and on. All that stuff just leaves us stressed, trying to sort through each piece of paper to find the one thing that we need at that moment. As a lot of you may already know, Evernote is a great tool for organizing all of it and taking a little bit of the stress out of college.

1. Homework Planner
As students, we get bombarded everyday with something else that needs to get done done, from homework to internship applications to extracurricular responsibilities. Create a Planner notebook to throw everything you need to do in one place. Put the due date as the title and you’ll be able to see what needs to be done when.

2. Organize Your Research
No student can escape the endless amount of research. Evernote Clearly removes all of the distractions and lets you have exactly what you need from a website. Rather than printing out multiple pages, just clip however many lines you need. Cuts down on the paper, and makes that research project a whole lot easier.

3. Keep Up With Your Professors
Every school has that professor who puts an impossible amount of information on the board or on slides. Rather than trying to get it all down, just snap a picture. After class, use Skitch to add any extra information that you need and then put it right in with the rest of your notes.

4. Keep Everything Together, Not Just the Digital Stuff
Maybe you would rather take notes by hand. Or you have a professor with a “no technology policy.” That doesn’t mean that you can’t keep everything organized. Scan your handwritten notes and handouts into Evernote and they will be completely searchable. This way, when finals come around, you’ll be one step ahead.

5. Work Together Even If You’re Apart
One of the most stressful parts of group projects is finding a time everyone can get together. Rather than rearranging everyone’s schedules, use a Shared Notebook to keep everything up to date. You can also use a shared notebook with your study group. Make a study guide that the group can access and add to.

6. Remember the Best (Or Cheapest) Campus Pizza Place
Trying to remember the great pizza place you ate at last weekend with the huge student discount? Put it in Evernote Food. Then next time you’re having a craving, you won’t have to waste time calling for prices.

7. Know Your Stuff
Sometimes, accidents happen and you’ll end up needing medical attention. Instead of sitting in the doctor’s office, trying to remember what medication it was that made you break out in hives and when you last had a tetanus shot, keep a medical notebook with every random detail so you’ll never be caught unaware.

8. Take Control of Your Time
Does checking your favorite blogs for a new post become a major source of procrastination? Have them delivered right to your Evernote account with ifttt. Then you won’t have to waste time checking for a new one. There are a lot of other ways you can use ifttt for college, too.

9. What Do I Have at Home?
Don’t end up buying duplicates of things. Keep an inventory of everything you have. Snap a picture of each item and tag it with where it is: home or school. Check your inventory before you buy, that way you’ll have extra money for the pizza place from #6.

10. Let Everyone Know What You Want
Everyone has a wish list. Whether its a movie that just came out, a new computer, or a fancy coffee maker, use the Evernote Web Clipper to clip each item and purchase information into a notebook. Make it a public notebook and send the link around. Maybe it will appear in your next care package!

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17 Comments RSS

  • Dennis Sherman

    If you format the date in your note titles as YYYY-MM-DD (e.g. 2012-04-18 for April 18, 2012) you can sort by title, and get a de-facto date sort as well.

  • Nicko

    Is there any special scanner to be used when you want your handwritting to be searchable?

    • Kasey Fleisher Hickey

      Nicko, you can use any scanner you’d like. Take a look through the Trunk to see scanners that seamlessly integrate with Evernote:

    • Yuliya

      IPhone has an app CamScanner. This takes a picture of a page in the textbook and adjusts to the quality of scanned document.

      • Richard

        The CamScanner app has a version for Android as well. Works great for taking a snapshot of notes, whiteboards, book pages, etc. CamScanner then lets you easily rotate and crop it if necessary and then it automatically cleans up the image to make the text sharp and easy to read. The result is saved as a PDF file which you can send directly to Evernote from within CamScanner.

    • Jai

      Do you guys make more tags or more notebooks for everything study and non-study?

  • Rob

    These tips are just generally good – not just for college students. Thanks, Megan!

  • John Vitale

    Thanks it was very helpful I’am a new To Evernote.

  • Stephanie

    Awesome. These are all fantastic tips! Thank you 🙂

  • Frank Gum

    Great ideas!
    Fits very nicley with my business needs.
    I have huge amounts of date I need to access all day, this will be a big help.

    Thank for you good ideas.


  • Cory Nilsen

    Are Evernotes searchable? I use Evernote on my iPhone, Nook, and laptop…but Nook mostly. How can I search my notes for a keyword?

  • Paul Deputy

    I am a Dean in a University. I have developed a good use of Evernote and have spread it to my Administrative Team. I have let some students know about it. This will be helpful me in showing them how useful Evernote can be.

  • Stu


    Haven’t really used Evernote, but can you set up more than one category (or note subject) that a note / discussion etc falls into, and then sort by those categories. Can you do a key word search on areas where there is ‘free’ text?

  • Leigh

    And I’m a professor! I like the notes to give better lectures (fingers crossed).

  • Bill

    Thanks for the tips, Megan. I’m an old student but you can teach this old dog new tricks that are useful. I converted from OneNote to Evernote. I like both but use Evernote more often. Thanks!

  • Becky

    These tips are great for anyone Megan! Thanks so much!

  • Andreas

    You could improve your workflow by using ISO date and time format. Most of us already know the compressed format from smartphone snapshots which read something like 20150113113543.jpg. For humankind I recommend the long format:
    YYYY-MM-DD T hh:mm:ss
    The advantage: It’s international and Evernote understands the compressed one. If you send e-mail to your Evernote put into subject !YYYYMMDDThhmmss sets a reminder to your captured e-mail. You can omit Thhmmss.
    Another advantage: You can sort by title to get an agenda of your stuff to do.

    YYYY = year
    MM = month
    DD = day
    T = time delimiter
    hh = hour
    mm = minute
    ss = second