iPad note-taking apps students and professionals should try

The iPad has become a go-to place for the notes of many students and professionals. Many of today’s note-taking apps even let you take notes on your iPhone or Mac. Let’s look at some popular note-taking apps to see what works for you. Remember that these apps work on all current iPad models.

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote was previously in my list of the top five apps I use as a student. It’s great for students who use a mix of Apple and non-Apple devices. Many colleges, universities, and employers offer a free Microsoft Office subscription that includes OneNote. So, unlike some other apps, you don’t have to pay extra.

Within the app you can easily create notebooks for each class. You can also create separate tabs within the notebook, insert photos, edit PDFs and integrate notes into meetings under your Outlook account. If you prefer to take notes on your computer, OneNote on Mac is just as easy.


The app has two subscription models: Evernote Personal at $7.99 per month and Evernote Professional at $9.99 per month. It’s best to do some research before determining which plan suits your needs.

Evernote’s free version is pretty basic and lacks many features of the paid plans. However, this app could be especially good for businesses since the Professional subscription integrates the app with Google Calendar, Slack, Salesforce, Microsoft Teams, etc. Also, multiple users can be on the account, so employees can collaborate on tasks and track progress. It’s also really cool that users can export their notebooks as PDFs and add widgets.

Good Notes 5

GoodNotes 5 is the app I currently use for note-taking on my iPad. Unlike some other apps, it really simulates a traditional pen and paper experience. Like Apple Notes, you can convert your handwriting to text, which is a popular feature for many. You can also search your notes, resize your handwriting, choose from a variety of paper templates, and create flashcards.

GoodNotes offers three notebooks for free. After you use them up, you have to pay a one-time fee of $7.99, which will give you unlimited notebooks.


Awareness is very limited for users with free accounts. So if you don’t want to spend money, this is not the app for you. However, people love it for its variety of themes, stickers, and yearly planning tools. Also, for anyone who doesn’t like math, there is a tool called Math Conversion to help you.

Turn handwritten equations into high-resolution scalable images. Color-coded equations retain their original colors.

People even create some beautiful sketches using the app. So if you draw in your notes a lot, you’ll love Notability. The app is free but requires a $11.99 per year subscription to access most features.

Apple Notes

Apple Notes is a free app that is automatically downloaded to any iPad, iPhone or Mac. As well as tracking your thoughts, you can integrate with your Apple calendar and reminders, work with Siri, collaborate with others, lock notes, and scan documents. There is so much packed into this easy-to-use app that it’s perfect for any student or professional.

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The Notes app on iPhone and iPad works identically and syncs seamlessly.

Check out my guide on how to get the most out of Apple’s Notes app:

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Best iPad note accessories

Accessories help you make your note-taking experience the best it can be. However, when purchasing, you just need to make sure that the product you are purchasing is compatible with your iPad model. Also note that some of these items can save you a lot of loose change by buying used items and they will often be delivered to you in perfect condition.

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What’s your favorite note-taking app? Is it one that isn’t on the list? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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