I am a die hard Evernote fan.
I use it daily for business and home.
And now that it is back to school – I am passing the Evernote love down to my children.
It is a great tool that they can use to keep themselves organized.
This is the step by step approach of how I helped them get set up for the upcoming year.
How To Set Up Evernote for School
- Have your child set up a free Evernote account, if they don’t already have one.
- Install the Evernote apps on all computers and mobile devices that they will be using for school.
- Sign in on all devices.
- Explain the set up using the diagram above to your child.
– Notebook stacks – one for each grade – ie. 9th Grade Stack, 10th Grade Stack, etc. Each stack will contain all notebooks pertaining to that year. (if this is the first year of use, you can stack the notebooks at the end of the year) Not familiar with stacks? Read about them here.
– Notebooks – one general notebook and one notebook for each subject and extracurricular activity.
– Notes – class notes, homework, study guides, emails – anything and everything that needs to be captured
– Tags – tag each note with the name of the notebook that it is in, at least one core tag, and as many additional tags as needed.
- Have your child set up their notebooks.
- Have your child set up the email a note to Evernote function.
- Teach your child how to get information into Evernote. (typing, email, scanning, photos, voice memos, documents – excel, word, and PDF files)
- Show your child how to search and find information in Evernote.
- Get them into the habit of adding titles and tags, and generally organizing their notes on a daily basis.
- Check their notebooks on a daily basis at first, and once they get the hang of it, check weekly.
What? No Internet Access?
Ideally, if kids can access the internet at school, they can really integrate Evernote into their process.
With a laptop, they can type notes during class. If they lose a homework assignment that is stored on Evernote, they can reprint it at school. They can refer to research and previous notes when needed during the school day.
If they don’t have internet access, Evernote is still a useful tool.
After school, they can either scan their written notes or use the document camera built into the Evernote iOS app to get their class notes into their Evernote notebooks.
Everything will be in one place – and when it comes time to study for tests, midterms, and finals – they will have all of the information that they need right at their fingertips.
With Evernote premium (which currently costs $45 per year or $5 per month) you can store notes for offline use – but this might too much functionality for middle schoolers or high schoolers. They will be more likely to stick with using Evernote for school by keeping the process as simple as possible.
Do Your Kids Use Evernote?
How does it help them with their schoolwork?
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