Since I discovered digital notebooks and planners around six months ago it has changed my life. Slight exaggeration I know but using them has improved the way I plan and the way I study.
I’m one of those people that has to write down EVERYTHING when it comes to revision or it just does not stick. Time consuming, yes. However using a digital notebook on Goodnotes has made studying so much easier and dare I even say, a little more bearable!?
If you’re completely new to digital studying then I found Tom Solid’s e-book, Paperless Note-Taking Like A Pro to be amazingly helpful. He provides practical tips for not only writing better notes but also how you can go paperless in most aspects of your life by simply using your iPad more. Perfect if you’re guilty to hoarding clutter in your home.
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Not yet got a digital notebook? Here’s what you need:
- iPad – I currently use the iPad 9.7″ 2018.
- Apple pencil
- Goodnotes 5 app – if you purchased the previous version of Goodnotes then you can upgrade for free.
- Digital notebook. You can download the one that I use here or Etsy has hundreds of different designs.
I HATE my handwriting. I longed for the perfect handwriting that I often saw on Instagram but I just had to accept that my handwriting was always going to be scruffy.
That’s all changed now! With the new version of Goodnotes, you can convert your handwriting to text. No more scruffy notes! I don’t know about you but writing notes with readable text makes revision that little bit easier.
I actually enjoy writing in my digital notebook. First time for everything 😉
OK, so you can use highlighters when writing on paper but with Goodnotes 5 you have so much more choices! As in over 100 more choices! If you like to colour co-ordinate to planners you can even use the hex code to insert the colour into your notebook too.
I never used highlighters whilst writing on paper. It’s just something that never appealed to me. However since I’ve started to use highlighters in my digital notebook, I genuinely think that it’s helped me remember content better.
It helps that it makes the page look pretty too.
Stickers can be expensive. Yeah they make the page more appealing to look at but I guess there is nothing worse than not only having to study, but also spending money on your studies!
Stickers are massively helpful when it comes to studying though. Now that I’ve switched to a paperless note-taking, I use digital stickers as prompts throughout. For example, when taking notes, if there is an area that I’m not sure what means or needs further clarification, I can simply add a sticker as a reminder to research this area later.
You can often find free digital stickers on Pinterest or there is a huge variety on Etsy which are inexpensive and reusable!
ADD AND REMOVE PAGES
How annoying is it when you come to an end of a tabbed section in a notebook or even the end of a whole notebook. We’ve all been there.
I hate having more than one notebook per topic/subject. It just adds clutter and makes it more time-consuming when I need to go back through my study notes.
The amazing thing about using a digital notebook in Goodnotes 5 is that you can add more pages. By clicking on the ‘+’ button, you can add another page in the exact same template that you are currently using. No more running out of paper. A feature I am in love with.
If you’re finished with a particular tabbed section and want to remove some pages to make your notebook more efficient then you can do that too!