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Thanks to members here, I managed to get an Apple iPad with Pencil. This is my first tablet and I am loving it . I am also using Evernote ( earlier One Note ) .

I am creating this thread so that we can share what all apps we are using for reading / note making and how to use them. This will help save lot of time for those thinking of Tab based studies.

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Ami I the only one who is feeling anxious after seeing so much organised notes from other aspirants? I can't even decide what to eat in breakfast & you people are creating tags after tags?Civil servants are really great & organised planners. 
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I have been using ipad with pencil for the past 2 years.After trying, various apps(evernote&one note),I settled withGoodnotes, which became solo companion in my Preparation.

  • The interface between pencil and ipad very smooth(just like pen & paper)
  • U can organize books as u like(u can delete the pages which are unnecessary)
  • The global search bar which is sophisticated tool that an even track ur own handwriting.

NextLiquid textapp,which aid in making very short crisp notes.Where u can drag the para or sentence from the whole page n paste in empty layout.

In a way if u want to make a very short notes of any book,it is must(i made whole spectrum book into 90 pages pdf usng this app)

I satisfied with the above two apps.

Right now using onlyGood notes.

Alternative to Good notes is Notability (regarding this i have no first hand experience).


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rashivsaid

Usually I prefer pen and paper to make physical notes but I also use some basic apps to supplement my preparation digitally. Some methods/apps that I use are:-


#Notes(iOS)

I use this to save links of articles that I feel are good or important.

I read physical newspaper(The Hindu). Whenever I find something important like an article or editorial, I visit The Hindu site, copy paste the article’s link and paste it in notes. I do the same for important contents derived from PIB,PRS. Some samples are:-



#Podcast(inbuilt iOS)


This I use to learn things without studying in actual. I use it while travelling or running or working out at gym. There are several channels which can be useful for learning additional things. For example, on every Friday, on the Hindu’s Oped page, there is a section called Parley. The Hindu has a podcast channel too specifically for this Parley thing. Rather than reading it on paper, you can directly listen to it on the podcast. The podcast’s recording is copy-pasted on the Oped Page. 



#Other App Store apps that I use:-



P.S.- After reading several posts on this thread that how many of aspirants are using apps like Evernote/OneNote to make digital notes, I am trying too to get my hands on OneNote. It will take some time for me to get accustom to it though!



From the above I sense that you prefer having the entire newspaper article in your notes (links of good articles + on OneNote). In this light, wanted to ask, what do you perceive as the advantage of this approach as compared to making notes from an editorial article (and not having the entire article in the notes) ?

Others can answer too if they want. 

The markings of different colours on OneNote are the actual points that I would have jotted down in my notepad had I gone for precise notes making. Saving the entire article to read at a later period helps in staying with a flow in which the editorial is actually formatted . I also refer to some articles when I practice answer writing specially for those  questions which are kind of vague in nature.

The editorial which you see on Onenote is a very holistic editorial in my opinion.(The editorial was dated 10/06/2020). This editorial was a complete package, it talked about problems, had data in it, had international angle, and also a way forward, a perfect sample on how to meet the demand of UPSC. So that is why I saved this entire article.

When revising or referring, it is good to have a background of the article too to maintain the flow and have a context in the back of mind.  I have this liberty because my reading speed has increased. I give a casual reading to the unmarked portion/s and a focused reading to the marked portion/s whenever I refer to these saved articles.

p.s- copy-pasting an article from a pdf reader to OneNote is a matter of snapping fingers, in short, too easy. It is just that the marking thing takes time, equivalent to the time spent on penning down the same or maybe a few minutes more.

So to summarise:-

1. It helps you in answer writing 

2. Helps you engage in ‘smart reading’

3. Becomes fodder points for the topic as well

Those are substantial gains, you make a good case for this strategy of yours. Will try to incorporate 

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I use EverNote and OneNote both for different subjects on the basis of their pros. I have less handwritten notes.

--Like in Evernote, I recorded some voice notes for history in a storytelling way. Whenever I don't want to read or write anything I just listen to these voice notes. I like Evernote for this feature. 

--I use Onenote for making notes on important current affairs on topic wise. I find Onenote much easy for making my notes in sequence on different topics and sub-topics.

--Evernote has only one colour (yellow) for highlighting the text whereas Onenote has many different colours which make notes mesmerizing and interesting.

--here're screenshots from my Evernote and Onenote notes...

##EVERNOTE##

##ONENOTE#



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I use OneNote. I have tried both Evernote and OneNote and found the latter to be way better. That might be because, I focus a little too much on formatting.

Some Pointers
  • The app version of the software (available on windows store) is far better than the classic versions like One Note 2016 and all.
  • Use screen capture softwares like Lightshot for quickly taking screenshots.
  • Some websites do not allow copy option. Even disabling JS doesn't work. Use addon on Chrome - "Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy".
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Usually I prefer pen and paper to make physical notes but I also use some basic apps to supplement my preparation digitally. Some methods/apps that I use are:-


#Notes(iOS)

I use this to save links of articles that I feel are good or important.

I read physical newspaper(The Hindu). Whenever I find something important like an article or editorial, I visit The Hindu site, copy paste the article’s link and paste it in notes. I do the same for important contents derived from PIB,PRS. Some samples are:-



#Podcast(inbuilt iOS)


This I use to learn things without studying in actual. I use it while travelling or running or working out at gym. There are several channels which can be useful for learning additional things. For example, on every Friday, on the Hindu’s Oped page, there is a section called Parley. The Hindu has a podcast channel too specifically for this Parley thing. Rather than reading it on paper, you can directly listen to it on the podcast. The podcast’s recording is copy-pasted on the Oped Page. 



#Other App Store apps that I use:-



P.S.- After reading several posts on this thread that how many of aspirants are using apps like Evernote/OneNote to make digital notes, I am trying too to get my hands on OneNote. It will take some time for me to get accustom to it though!



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rashivsaid

Usually I prefer pen and paper to make physical notes but I also use some basic apps to supplement my preparation digitally. Some methods/apps that I use are:-


#Notes(iOS)

I use this to save links of articles that I feel are good or important.

I read physical newspaper(The Hindu). Whenever I find something important like an article or editorial, I visit The Hindu site, copy paste the article’s link and paste it in notes. I do the same for important contents derived from PIB,PRS. Some samples are:-



#Podcast(inbuilt iOS)


This I use to learn things without studying in actual. I use it while travelling or running or working out at gym. There are several channels which can be useful for learning additional things. For example, on every Friday, on the Hindu’s Oped page, there is a section called Parley. The Hindu has a podcast channel too specifically for this Parley thing. Rather than reading it on paper, you can directly listen to it on the podcast. The podcast’s recording is copy-pasted on the Oped Page. 



#Other App Store apps that I use:-



P.S.- After reading several posts on this thread that how many of aspirants are using apps like Evernote/OneNote to make digital notes, I am trying too to get my hands on OneNote. It will take some time for me to get accustom to it though!



From the above I sense that you prefer having the entire newspaper article in your notes (links of good articles + on OneNote). In this light, wanted to ask, what do you perceive as the advantage of this approach as compared to making notes from an editorial article (and not having the entire article in the notes) ?

Others can answer too if they want. 

The markings of different colours on OneNote are the actual points that I would have jotted down in my notepad had I gone for precise notes making. Saving the entire article to read at a later period helps in staying with a flow in which the editorial is actually formatted . I also refer to some articles when I practice answer writing specially for those  questions which are kind of vague in nature.

The editorial which you see on Onenote is a very holistic editorial in my opinion.(The editorial was dated 10/06/2020). This editorial was a complete package, it talked about problems, had data in it, had international angle, and also a way forward, a perfect sample on how to meet the demand of UPSC. So that is why I saved this entire article.

When revising or referring, it is good to have a background of the article too to maintain the flow and have a context in the back of mind.  I have this liberty because my reading speed has increased. I give a casual reading to the unmarked portion/s and a focused reading to the marked portion/s whenever I refer to these saved articles.

p.s- copy-pasting an article from a pdf reader to OneNote is a matter of snapping fingers, in short, too easy. It is just that the marking thing takes time, equivalent to the time spent on penning down the same or maybe a few minutes more.

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rashivsaid

rashivsaid

Usually I prefer pen and paper to make physical notes but I also use some basic apps to supplement my preparation digitally. Some methods/apps that I use are:-


#Notes(iOS)

I use this to save links of articles that I feel are good or important.

I read physical newspaper(The Hindu). Whenever I find something important like an article or editorial, I visit The Hindu site, copy paste the article’s link and paste it in notes. I do the same for important contents derived from PIB,PRS. Some samples are:-



#Podcast(inbuilt iOS)


This I use to learn things without studying in actual. I use it while travelling or running or working out at gym. There are several channels which can be useful for learning additional things. For example, on every Friday, on the Hindu’s Oped page, there is a section called Parley. The Hindu has a podcast channel too specifically for this Parley thing. Rather than reading it on paper, you can directly listen to it on the podcast. The podcast’s recording is copy-pasted on the Oped Page. 



#Other App Store apps that I use:-



P.S.- After reading several posts on this thread that how many of aspirants are using apps like Evernote/OneNote to make digital notes, I am trying too to get my hands on OneNote. It will take some time for me to get accustom to it though!



From the above I sense that you prefer having the entire newspaper article in your notes (links of good articles + on OneNote). In this light, wanted to ask, what do you perceive as the advantage of this approach as compared to making notes from an editorial article (and not having the entire article in the notes) ?

Others can answer too if they want. 

The markings of different colours on OneNote are the actual points that I would have jotted down in my notepad had I gone for precise notes making. Saving the entire article to read at a later period helps in staying with a flow in which the editorial is actually formatted . I also refer to some articles when I practice answer writing specially for those  questions which are kind of vague in nature.

The editorial which you see on Onenote is a very holistic editorial in my opinion.(The editorial was dated 10/06/2020). This editorial was a complete package, it talked about problems, had data in it, had international angle, and also a way forward, a perfect sample on how to meet the demand of UPSC. So that is why I saved this entire article.

When revising or referring, it is good to have a background of the article too to maintain the flow and have a context in the back of mind.  I have this liberty because my reading speed has increased. I give a casual reading to the unmarked portion/s and a focused reading to the marked portion/s whenever I refer to these saved articles.

p.s- copy-pasting an article from a pdf reader to OneNote is a matter of snapping fingers, in short, too easy. It is just that the marking thing takes time, equivalent to the time spent on penning down the same or maybe a few minutes more.

So to summarise:-

1. It helps you in answer writing 

2. Helps you engage in ‘smart reading’

3. Becomes fodder points for the topic as well

Those are substantial gains, you make a good case for this strategy of yours. Will try to incorporate 

I remember you told me once to write concisely while answering questions.

Here too you summarised whatever I said in just 3 points.

I see all of  it as an act of direct cum indirect form of mentoring.

Thank You!

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1. OneNote- when I began looking out for an app I found EverNote to be complex and didn’t have much time for learning its working. Found OneNote to be simple and easy to use. Since then been using it.

2. LiquidText- It’s good for PDF’s, highlight and make comments over it. I prefer it for any NCERT pdf, Economic Survey etc

3. Books (default app for IOS)- for newspaper pdf, books I read, 2nd ARC etc. I find the interface simple and convenient for Apple Pencil for making notes on the sides. 

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I use a mix of Evernote, Notability and Physical notes. (Apologies for the lengthy post.)
 
1. Evernote: I dump in it everything which I find relevant. For that I use Evernote’s web clipper (Only in laptops). But to organise everything, I divide everything in 3 levels: Stacks at the top level, then Notebooks and then Notes. Again each note is divided into 3 different levels using tags. 

For example: I will have a stack of notebooks named Current Affairs. Then notebooks for months like January 2020 etc. Within each Notebook, there are notes. Now each note will be tagged with 3 different categories of tags. For UPSC, I have made tags for each level i.e, @pre, @mains and @interview. Then the tags for each topic of mains syllabus such as /GS1.01 for Art&culture topic of GS1, /GS2.01 for polity part of GS2 etc. After that, one more tag for subtopic such as :amendment within topic polity. 

Now let’s say, I have an article which is important for pre, mains, interview, optional, essay and Centre-state relations and related to devolution of powers. Then my tag would be @pre, @mains, @interview, /essay, /optional, /GS2.02, :devolution of powers. [It may seem complicated at first, but once you get a hang of it, it will be much easier].

2. Notability: I use it for making notes, annotating pdfs, newspapers, rough work, attempting test papers etc. In short, everything which can be done with pencil. Each divider contains notebooks. For example, GS1 would contain subjects like Art and Culture, History, Society, Geography.

3. Physical notes: I have made folders for each major topics of syllabus such as history, society, geography, polity etc. My final notes go in these folders.
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Ami I the only one who is feeling anxious after seeing so much organised notes from other aspirants? I can't even decide what to eat in breakfast & you people are creating tags after tags?Civil servants are really great & organised planners. 

Sorry if you feel this way by my post. The purpose was not to make anyone anxious here. The purpose is to learn from other's mistakes and best practices. You have to be organised and systematic in your approach. Otherwise it's very difficult to manage every part of the syllabus, especially for someone like me who has Geography as an optional. 

You can also organise your notes in different folders in physical form. See, ultimately we have to prepare our notes for the last week before exam. If we can't revise just before the exam, it is as good as giving exam without reading anything. I learnt these things from my previous failure. You may have different strategy, and my strategy might not work for you.

P.S.: I can't decide what to eat in breakfast too. Wahi roti-sabji roj ke roj :D

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@rashiv  Since you are a student and a good one, just few things. Whatever issues are being done in the class - at least the CA one, don't do anything extra in those. It will be fully covered.

If you find anything related to Pol Sc, you must do it. If you find good articles on some off topic issues, which you find enlightening, do keep it. 

Make sure you are very clear what you are investing time on. Also focus on the keywords and new ideas which can actually be incorporated in an answer. 


I am no knight. Do not call me Sir

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As@Naadan_Parinda above has mentioned, you could prefix a numerical value and set the sequence as per you need. But it doesn't look very aesthetically pleasing, having a prefix to every notebook. I usually move the important notebooks(which usually are all of them) in the shortcuts menu. There you can arrange and reorder notebooks to your liking. This is similar to how you can rearrange notebooks and sections in Onenote.


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Neyawnsaid

Let me share one more trick.

Okay. Instead let me give a problem statement. When arranging notebooks in the EN, often we want a certain notebook to appear first or second or in some order. How do you achieve that?

Any 'pro' Evernote users here? :D

The best solution gets a gift from me :D

Notebooks can be renamed and numbered with alpha-numeric values. Then sorted by name.

Gift :P

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I didn’t find Evernote very convenient to use on iOS.

since then I have been using Quip.

jack_Sparrow,goldberry
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I have an ipad but I do not have an Apple pencil. It is too costly. Any alternatives?

iPad keyboard has mic, which can be used for writing just by dictating. It also has swipe function to type, by sliding your fingers.

Patrick_jane,thistooshallpass
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@Naadan_Parinda bro don't say sorry.I feel very lucky that in this platform we are sharing our mistakes. What you have said is absolutely true.Also I want to say reading others posts provide a platform for healthy competition. We can learn from each other many things. 😊


Deepak802,Sunflowerr
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Hello everyone

How do you guys revise your online notes? I have my notes made in Evernote but the revision part is lacking. Thanks

@Steph_Curry 

It is difficult for me also to revise my online notes. I found out that whenever i allot some time for online revision , i procrastinate it. 

Now i just scroll my notes when i am having my breakfast (15 min) and evening snacks (15 minutes) . This is a great technique to fool my brain because it does not want to revise online notes. So i tell it that i am not revising it, i am just having my breakfast and scrolling it slowly.


SinbadTheSailor,Sunflowerr
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@Neyawn  @Neyawn you can try like this


Dora-the_Explorer,goldberry
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Use Pocketapp to save articles that you read online.

And if you're saying Evernote on ipad or PC then use it's extension to clip articles.

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