Individual note-taking is an elementary part of the learning process. It allows you to condense information, which you then learn and revise.
These are the main ways of taking and organising notes:
Option 1: Hand-written notes on paper with subsequent digitalisation.
- School photocopiers with scan feature
- Note-taking apps with camera feature. Examples: Notability, GoodNotes, OneNote, Evernote, Myscript Nebo, etc.
- Smart notebooks that work with note-taking apps. Examples: Evernote, Rocketbook.
Option 2: Laptop or tablet, directly via keyboard our touch screen.
- Simple text file
- OneNote or Word on Office 365 (made available by the HSLU for the duration of your study programme).
- The note-taking apps mentioned above.
Option 3: Notes written into PDF files using a touch screen or keyboard.
- Note-taking apps offer the possibility to import and process PDF files.
- PDF software such as Adobe Reader, Foxit, Xodo, Drawboard, etc.
If you need to buy a new device, it might be useful to consider one with a touch screen to maximize your possibilities for digital note-taking. Check out the ZHAW students’ evaluations of the various devices (only in german). Find the HSLU’s minimum requirements for a notebook.
- Information by the ZHAW about annotating PDF files, importing hand-written notes into PDF files, making digital notes and digitalising notes on paper (only in german).
- Find additional useful apps here and here.