I freely admit to being an Evernote addict. I use it for keeping so many aspects of my life organized that I’ve gotten to the point that I’d be crippled if it ever disappeared! (Did you hear that Evernote? I’d be CRIPPLED.)
If somehow Evernote hasn’t made it on to your radar screen, here’s the low down. Evernote is a multi-platform app that allows you to permanently store notes, voice recordings, photos, videos, etc. in the cloud. It works with Apple, Android and Windows based phones, tablets and computers. It can easily follow you everywhere, and you’ll want it to! But here’s the catch...it’s free. Ok, there isn’t really a catch.
In my business life, I use it to keep track of words I want to add to Word-Nerd, ideas for blog posts, notes about my tutoring students and people I want to contact. I’m also thinking about using Evernote to share some of my own notes and resources with my students, and I’ve been keeping clips of College Board “SAT Questions of the Day” that could be useful for those who’ve exhausted all of the other available official practice tests. Personally, it’s great for listing ideas for future travels, clipping recipes and restaurants and remembering mundane facts like the size of filters for my home furnace.
So all this obsessing over Evernote has led me to this post. Evernote is an amazing and convenient way to keep up with all the drama of college admissions. When I went through the process myself, I had stacks of college catalogs and applications a mile high in my room. If only the internet had existed back then! Here are a few tips:
So there you have it. I suspect you’ll find Evernote helpful throughout your college years, too. If you have other ideas or tips, please add them to the comments section below!
- Create an account in Evernote for all interested parties, then make your college notebooks shareable. You may want to consider upgrading to Evernote Premium accounts so everyone can edit each others notes, and you’ll have plenty of space to upload videos and photos. The premium service is only $5 a month, so it’s still well worth it.
- Create notebooks for all of the various aspects of your search. These could be scholarship applications, your top schools, ideas for test prep, financial aid information, travel details for your visits, etc. The list is endless. You can then create “stacks” of your various notebooks into broader categories.
- Then, get to work! Take notes with ideas when they come to you. Voice record presentations from admissions staff then upload them. Take photos on campus of your favorite buildings, campus life, or the cute tour guide you want to remember. You can forward important emails from the College Board, your guidance counselor or your first choice school directly into Evernote using the personalized email address you receive when you register.
- Download a few of Evernote’s other apps, too. Skitch allows you to draw/write on photos and PDFs. It’s useful for noting certain features of a photo you want to remember (or drawing mustaches on your parents). Add Evernote’s web clipper to your browser to send webpages, or just web links, straight to your account. I also like Evernote Clearly for saving articles as simple text (without all the ads cluttering up your screen) for later reading.